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Mitch Moreland exits game after bruising left knee

August 23, 2018 - 1:32 pm

Mitch Moreland's left knee took another hit Thursday afternoon.

The Red Sox first baseman bruised what had already been a balky left knee by sliding into the barrier in front of the first base photo pit, chasing a Yandy Diaz foul pop up. The team classified the injury as a left knee contusion.

Moreland said after the Red Sox' 7-0 win over the Indians that there was no correlation between this ailment and his previous knee problems.

While Moreland initially stayed in the game, he ultimately removed himself after running out a fly ball to left field in his first-inning at-bat. After reaching first, he immediately adjourned to the Red Sox' dugout with Blake Swihart entering the game as the new first baseman. (Steve Pearce was not used due to a stiff back.)

Moreland had been dealing with a sore left knee throughout July. The lefty hitter was coming off a two-hit game Wednesday night, which included his first home run since Aug. 7.