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Bergesen takes liner on arm; leaves after 4 pitches (X-rays negative)

On the fourth pitch of the bottom of the first inning, Brad Bergesen was struck on the right forearm arm by a screaming liner from Denard Span.

The ball caromed in the air and Robert Andino caught it for an out. But Bergesen, in visible pain, immediately held the top of his forearm, nmear the elbow.

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It is being called a right forearm contusion and his X-rays have come back negative. There are no broken bones in the arm.

Double-A trainer Pat Wesley sprinted on the field and Bergesen briskly walked to the dugout with him without throwing a test pitch.

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He dodged a bullet, but it is still a tough blow for Bergesen, who was hoping to pitch well today against a stocked Twins lineup to cement his spot in the rotation.

He was replaced on the mound in the first by Mike Ballard.

Bergesen is no stranger to pain on the pitcher's mound. Bergesen's impressive 2009 season was ended on July 30 when he was hit on the leg by a Billy Butler liner and missed the rest of the year.

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