Pirates’ Kevin Newman exits after fastball strikes left knee

Pirates’ Kevin Newman exits after fastball strikes left knee
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PITTSBURGH — Pirates infielder Kevin Newman exited with the team’s athletic trainers Saturday after being hit in the left knee with a pitch in the ninth inning of the Pirates' 5-4 loss to the Cardinals at PNC Park.

With one out in the inning, Genesis Cabrera’s 97 mph fastball ran too far inside and caught Newman’s back knee.

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After some time on the ground, he left with his arm around the shoulders of two athletic trainers, keeping his left leg in the air and hopping with his right.

“The sound that it made, I thought for sure something was broken,” Ke’Bryan Hayes said.

Derek Shelton didn’t have an update on his status after the game, but did say there should be one before Sunday’s contest.

“He wasn’t even up in the training room,” Shelton said.

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