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Saunders breaks arm while pitching
Posted: Thursday May 27, 1999 01:28 AM
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay starter Tony Saunders broke his left arm while throwing a pitch in Texas' 8-6 win Wednesday night. He will be out for the season.
A popping sound could be heard at Tropicana Field when Saunders injured his pitching arm in the third inning, and he fell to the ground. He was taken off the field on a stretcher, and the game was delayed for 10 minutes.
Saunders broke the humerus bone, which runs from the shoulder to the elbow. It is the same bone Dave Dravecky broke while throwing a pitch for San Francisco in August 1989.
Saunders was hurt on a 3-2 pitch to Juan Gonzalez. Ball four was a wild pitch that scored a run.
All of Tampa Bay's infielders, along with manager Larry Rothschild, the training staff and medical personnel immediately rushed to the mound.
The game was held up as Saunders' arm was immobilized. Saunders was loaded onto a stretcher and taken to an ambulance, which took him to Bayfront Medical Center for X-rays.
Saunders was making his third start since being recalled from Class AAA Durham on May 13. He had been optioned to the minor leagues on May 3, just two starts after coming within four outs of throwing the Devil Rays' first no-hitter, against Baltimore on April 22.Saunders, who is 3-3 in nine starts this season, was the Devil Rays' first selection in the 1998 expansion draft.
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