BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay catcher Dioner Navarro was struck by a pickoff throw during the Rays' 16-15 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday and departed with an injured left thumb.
Navarro was hit when Jack Taschner threw over during the third inning. It was diagnosed as a contusion, and Navarro returned to the Rays' complex in Port Charlotte for further evaluation.
Winds were gusting up to 35 mph toward left field at the start of the game, and both teams took advantage.
Carl Crawford and Pat Burrell homered in the fifth inning for Tampa Bay, which has won eight straight. Justin Ruggiano and Angel Chavez went deep in the seventh.