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09/26/08 2:31 AM ET

Slowey exits after taking liner off wrist

X-rays negative after Twins starter hit by line drive on Thursday

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins right-hander Kevin Slowey left his start against the White Sox on Thursday night in the fourth inning after taking a liner off his right wrist.

Preliminary X-rays taken during the game were negative, suggesting the injury was no more than a deep bruise. Slowey will have an MRI exam on Friday, and the concern is when he might be ready to pitch again. Manager Ron Gardenhire said that the Twins had originally scheduled Slowey to start a potential one-game playoff between the Twins and White Sox on Tuesday, should it need to take place. But with the injury, that is now up in the air.

The injury came with the bases loaded and two outs in the fourth, when Juan Uribe hit a line drive up the middle that struck Slowey. Slowey recovered the ball and threw to first base, but his throw sailed past first baseman Justin Morneau, and the pitcher's throwing error allowed two additional runs to score.

Twins head athletic trainer Rick McWane ran out to check on Slowey, as did Gardenhire. The pitcher was immediately taken out of the game.

The injury ended a disastrous inning for Slowey. The right-hander had retired the first 10 batters he faced in the outing before allowing a total of six runs (four earned) in the fourth.

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.