PITTSBURGH (AP) -Los Angeles Dodgers closer Takashi Saito was pulled from the ninth inning of Sunday's game in Pittsburgh with a tight left hamstring, but the problem is not believed to be serious.
After getting the Pirates' Jose Bautista to swing and miss on a high fastball that made the count 2-2 with one out Saito walked off the back of the mound in apparent discomfort and began talking to second baseman Jeff Kent and shortstop Rafael Furcal.
Following a brief conversation with a trainer, Saito left and was replaced by Joe Beimel. The left-hander retired Bautista on a flyball before getting Jose Castillo to bounce out to the mound and complete the Dodgers' 5-4 victory.
``He's mature enough to let us know as soon as something like that happens,'' manager Grady Little said. ``I don't know how serious it is, but we feel like he informed us in time (to prevent a severe injury). We'll look at it tomorrow and see how it is, but it's a plus he told us that quickly.''
Saito has been one of the NL's top closers, converting all 16 save opportunities this season and 26 in a row dating to last season.
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