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Hunter leaves game with bruised hand

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Twins center fielder Torii Hunter left Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers with a bruised left hand after a pitch from Jeff Suppan hit him in the first inning.

He did not need X-rays and was listed as day-to-day, but wore a heavy wrap on his hand after the 10-9 victory over the Brewers and said that he planned to play today against the New York Mets.

With a runner on third and two outs, Suppan’s breaking ball got away from him and came in high and tight on Hunter, who tried to back away. But Hunter moved too late, and the pitch hit him on the hand.

Hunter grimaced in pain and doubled over a few feet down the first-base line, and a team trainer came out to examine him along with Hunter’s son, who was serving as a bat boy on Father’s Day. The trainer appeared to be examining the knuckle on the forefinger of his left hand.

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"It was scary," Hunter said about when he looked at his swelling hand. "It seemed like it was growing as I was looking at it. It was like a ’Tom and Jerry’ cartoon."

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