Royals RHP Nunez leaves with thumb injury

August 17, 2007
ARLINGTON, TEXAS (TICKER) -- Kansas City Royals righthander Leo Nunez left Thursday's contest in the fourth inning with a torn callous on his right thumb against the Texas Rangers.

Following a 22-minute rain delay, Marlon Byrd lined a leadoff single that appeared to ricochet off the back of Nunez's right knee. It was later announced that the righthander exited due to a torn callous on his right thumb.

"It's a blister below his knuckle on his thumb, inside," Royals manager Bubby Bell said. "He said it wasn't bothering him, but after the two pitches he threw to (Brad) Wilkerson, it didn't look like he had a real good feel. And with Nunie, he's not going to tell you he wants out of there."

Making his fourth career start, the 24-year-old Nunez gave up one run and four hits with three strikeouts.

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