SEATTLE (AP) -Ichiro Suzuki was in the lineup as a designated hitter for the Seattle Mariners against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night despite a bruised leg.
Suzuki was hit just above the right knee by a pitch thrown by Detroit's Justin Verlander in the fifth inning of Sunday's game. He was later pulled from the game by manager John McLaren.
Speaking through an interpreter, Suzuki said the injury wasn't serious.
The All-Star game's MVP has played 87 games in center field this year for Seattle. This was the third time he was the designated hitter.
The 33-year-old Suzuki signed a five-year, $90 million contract Friday. He could have become a free agent after this season.
Suzuki is hitting .350, second in the American League behind Magglio Ordonez of Detroit.

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