Pirates pitcher Mitch Keller exits early with apparent left side injury

Pirates pitcher Mitch Keller exits early with apparent left side injury

Pirates starter Mitch Keller was removed from the third inning Saturday with left side discomfort.

Keller’s 51st pitch of the night was bounced on the grass, and it turned out to be his last. Keller signaled to the Pirates’ bench after he threw it to bring head athletic trainer Bryan Housand to the mound. After a short conversation between him, Housand and Derek Shelton, with the infield joining in, Keller left, grabbing his left side.

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He is currently being examined by the team's medical staff.

Keller had allowed two runs on two home runs over 2 2/3 innings. Both of those home runs came in the third: One to Ian Happ and the second to Javier Baez. The Cubs were making hard contact all night.

He was having a hard time locating pitches over the course of the night, and was visited by pitching coach Oscar Marin shortly before injuring himself.

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