CHICAGO (AP) -Detroit Tigers starter Dontrelle Willis was taken out of Friday night's game with the Chicago White Sox, moments after he slipped and fell while delivering a pitch.
Willis walked leadoff hitter Carlos Quentin. On his first pitch to Orlando Cabrera, Willis' right plant leg gave way and he went down in front of the mound.
A trainer and manager Jim Leyland came to the mound, but Willis told them he was OK to continue.
But after Willis walked Cabrera and threw a wild pitch with a 1-1 count on Jim Thome, a trainer and Leyland went back to the mound. Willis again appeared to tell them he was OK, but Leyland then removed the lefty and brought in Aquilino Lopez.
The start of the game was delayed six minutes by rain on a blustery 46-degree night.
The Tigers are already without leadoff hitter Curtis Granderson (broken hand) and reliever Fernando Rodney (sore shoulder).
DH Gary Sheffield was out of the lineup Friday with a sore finger. He tore a tendon in the finger last week.
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