Marlins pitcher Dan Straily hit in elbow by liner, leaves game

Miami Marlins right-hander Dan Straily left his team's 7-2 loss to the Houston Astros on Monday as a precaution after he was hit near his pitching elbow by a line drive off Evan Gattis' bat to start the fifth inning.

A bruise from the comebacker was visible just below the elbow almost immediately. But after consulting with a trainer and manager Don Mattingly, Straily finished the inning.

Straily then left the game for good after he finished the fifth inning, and the Astros' bats soon came to life, stringing together six runs in the next two innings.

Straily, who had shut the Astros out for five innings, said he expects to make his next start despite the bruise.

"The ball caught me right on a muscle on my foreman,'' he said. "I'm very fortunate that it wasn't at my face or hitting any bones in my arm. I got pretty lucky in that regard. Hopefully it's just a sore muscle in my arm.''