Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Cease was cruising along nicely in Friday night’s game against the Cleveland Indians. The young right-hander tossed 5.1 innings of three-hit ball with nine strikeouts and kept the Indians off the scoreboard.
But with one out in the sixth inning, Cleveland center fielder Bradley Zimmer laced a ball back up the middle that hit Cease in the right elbow.
The Sox starter shook his throwing arm out and began tossing to catcher Zack Collins as manager Tony La Russa and trainers looked on. Cease appeared willing to stay in the game, but La Russa took the ball from his hands and called upon Ryan Burr from the bullpen.
It appeared to be a precautionary move by the White Sox skipper as he and Cease engaged in a brief discussion on the mound that ended with a look of agreement between the involved parties. As Cease descended into the dugout, he did not appear to be in pain.
The White Sox provided an update shortly after, stating Dylan Cease suffered a right triceps contusion and the x-rays came back negative.