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UPDATE (7:48pm PT on Tuesday): Preliminary tests showed that right-hander Paul Blackburn did not suffer a fracture in his right wrist and hand, A's manager Bob Melvin said after a 6-4 victory over the Orioles.

That's great early news for the A's after Blackburn left the game in the fifth inning when he was struck in the hand area by a Trey Mancini line drive.

It's unknown whether Blackburn will be available for his next start yet.


A’s starter Paul Blackburn left Tuesday’s start in the fifth inning after a liner struck him on the right wrist.

Blackburn was in obvious pain after the Baltimore Orioles’ Trey Mancini hit the line shot back up the middle to lead off the bottom of the fifth at Camden Yards. The ball hit Blackburn flush, and he exited the field shortly after being visited by team trainer Nick Paparesta.

There was no immediate word from the A’s on the severity of his injury. But it was a very unfortunate turn of events for Oakland’s rookie, who largely has impressed in 10 starts since being called up from the minors. He got through four scoreless innings Tuesday, showing sharp form after giving up 18 hits over his previous two starts.

Simon Castro came on in relief as the A’s led the Orioles 5-0 in the fifth. Ryon Healy has homered twice for Oakland.