FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Baltimore Orioles right-hander Brad Bergesen got off lucky after being struck in the right forearm by a line drive Friday.

Minnesota Twins leadoff hitter Denard Span hit the drive on Bergesen’s fourth pitch of the game. X-rays were negative and the injury was determined to be a bruise.

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Bergesen is competing with Chris Tillman and Zach Britton to become the third starter in the Baltimore rotation. He entered with a 5.94 ERA over five appearances, and was counting on a solid performance to enhance his bid to make the club.

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After the ball struck Bergesen, he walked off the mound and repeatedly shook his arm. He then left the field after a quick conversation with a trainer and manager Buck Showalter.

Span was called out when the ball flew off Bergesen’s arm and into the glove of second baseman Robert Andino.

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