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Rockies Charlie Blackmon, Antonio Senzatela exit with injuries

Aug 18, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA;  Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela (49) is helped off the field after injuring his leg while cover first base against the St. Louis Cardinals during the second inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies lost outfielder Charlie Blackmon and starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela to apparent leg injuries within the first two innings of Thursday’s game in St. Louis.

Blackmon was injured running to first on an infield single in the first inning, while Senzatela appeared to hurt his left knee while trying to avoid a collision near first base in the second inning.

Blackmon, 36, initially stayed in the game but was replaced by Wynton Bernard in right field in the bottom of the second.

Blackmon is hitting .264 with 16 homers and 67 RBIs in 107 games this season, his 12th year with the Rockies.

Senzatela was running toward first after a ground ball to the right side by Cardinals designated hitter Brendan Donovan with two outs in the second. The right-hander made an awkward step to avoid colliding with first baseman Elehuris Montero, then hobbled off the field before falling to the ground in obvious pain.

Senzatela, 27, was clutching at his left knee area before being helped off the field. He was replaced by left-hander Austin Gomber.

Donovan was credited with an infield single, with Tommy Edman scoring from third base on the play to extend the Cardinals’ lead to 4-0.

Senzatela allowed five runs on six hits over 1 2/3 innings. He struck out two and saw his ERA climb to 5.07 through 19 starts this season.

–Field Level Media