NEW YORK (AP) Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon has left his start in the first inning with a bruised thumb after getting hit by a line drive on his pitching hand.
The 43-year-old Colon lasted four pitches Tuesday night. Kansas City Royals leadoff batter Whit Merrifield hit a liner that barely glanced off the pitcher's glove and struck him hard on his right thumb. New York says X-rays were negative.
Hansel Robles replaced Colon and was given all the time he needed to warm up.
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Colon was bumped up a day in the rotation to start Tuesday night on regular rest in a World Series rematch with Kansas City. Noah Syndergaard was pushed back one day and will get the ball Wednesday afternoon in the finale of the two-game series.
On a busy afternoon at Citi Field, the Mets also activated catcher Travis d'Arnaud from the disabled list.