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Seattle's Morse suffers small fracture in hand

Friday - 4/12/2013, 2:09am  ET

Seattle Mariners' Michael Morse grimaces after the ball hit his hand as he fouled off a ball against the Texas Rangers in the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Seattle. Morse walked on the turn at bat, but left the game with an injury to the hand. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE (AP) -- Mariners' slugger Michael Morse, currently tied for the major league lead with six homers, could be out up to a week after suffering a small fracture in the little finger of his right hand.

Morse was hurt in the seventh inning of Seattle's 4-3 loss to Texas on Thursday night. Morse was hit on the hand by a pitch from Tanner Scheppers as he attempted to check his swing. After being examined by trainers, Morse finished the at-bat -- during which he was hit by a pitch in the shoulder -- before leaving the game.

Seattle manager Eric Wedge said the fracture was non-displaced and Morse could miss between three and seven days. Morse said he hoped he could be back by Sunday.


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