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Kenta Maeda exits Tuesday’s start after getting hit by a sharp grounder

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Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt hit a sharp ground ball back up the middle to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game. Unfortunately, it caught Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda in the shin, putting him in what appeared to be a great deal of pain. Maeda couldn’t put any weight on the leg as he was being helped off the field.

J.P. Howell entered the game in relief. Maeda’s final line: three runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

The Dodgers will likely provide an update on Maeda’s status after the game. As Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times speculates, Frankie Montas might not make Wednesday’s scheduled start for Triple-A Oklahoma, as the Dodgers could call him up instead if Maeda needs to go on the disabled list. Montas was recently activated from the disabled list.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.