Bartolo Colon exits Tuesday’s start after taking a line drive off of his wrist

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Update (7:36 PM EDT): X-rays came up negative on Colon’s thumb, which is good news for the Mets. Colon’s injury is being officially diagnosed as a thumb contusion, per DiComo.

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Mets starter Bartolo Colon took a comebacker off of his right wrist and had to exit Tuesday’s start against the Royals in the first inning, per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo. Whit Merrifield led off the game and sent a 1-2 fastball back up the middle. Hansel Robles relieved Colon.

It’s bad news for the Mets, who already received bad pitching news earlier when they learned that Zack Wheeler suffered a setback in his rehab from Tommy  John surgery. The 43-year-old Colon had been pitching remarkably well, entering Tuesday’s action with a 3.01 ERA and a 56/13 K/BB ratio in 80 2/3 innings.

The Mets should provide more information on the severity of Colon’s injury later tonight.