Jays starter Marco Estrada exits early with left hip soreness

Toronto Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada was removed in the first inning of Tuesday night's game against the New York Mets because of left hip soreness, the team announced.

X-rays came back negative, and the Jays said Estrada was undergoing further evaluation.

"His left hip has been bothering him a little bit,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said after his team's 8-6 win. ``It was bothering him in his last start, but it was worse tonight.''

Estrada faced only three batters before he was pulled, giving up a one-out, two-run homer to the Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera on what turned out to be his final pitch of the night.

After briefly being examined by manager John Gibbons and a team trainer, Estrada walked off the field and was replaced by Jake Petricka.

Toronto is already without starting pitchers Aaron Sanchez and Jaime Garcia, who are both on the 10-day disabled list.