MIAMI (AP) -Tampa Bay catcher Dioner Navarro was struck in the throat by a pitch in the sixth inning of the Devil Rays' game with the Florida Marlins on Friday night.
The pitch from Brian Stokes bounced short of the plate and struck Navarro underneath his mask. Trainers from both teams and several Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel tended to Navarro near home plate, and the catcher - who was writhing his legs in obvious pain - was eventually strapped to a backboard and removed on a cart.
Raul Casanova took over behind the plate for the Devil Rays. Stokes was also taken out after the delay. Right-hander Tim Corcoran was summoned to continue facing the Marlins' Josh Willingham with a 2-1 count.
Navarro was the second Devil Rays player to leave Friday's game because of injury. Center fielder B.J. Upton strained his left quadriceps in the first inning.
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