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Alex Wilson broke his leg on a 103-MPH comebacker

Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 23: Relief pitcher Alex Wilson #30 of the Detroit Tigers lays on the field after getting hit on the right leg with a ball batted by Joe Mauer #7 of the Minnesota Twins during the eighth inning at Comerica Park on September 23, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. Wilson left the game and was replaced by Daniel Stumpf of the Detroit Tigers. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

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This one is brutal. Tigers’ right-handed reliever Alex Wilson was diagnosed with a broken leg after taking a blistering 103.8-MPH line drive off of his right leg during Saturday’s game against the Twins. According to the Detroit News’ Chris McCosky, it’s a non-displaced fibular fracture, but will still warrant an extended recovery period and signal the end of Wilson’s season.

Wilson replaced Drew VerHagen to start the eighth inning and worked a full count against Joe Mauer. Mauer roped an 93.3-MPH fastball back up the middle, where it struck the pitcher on his right calf. While Mauer took first base, Wilson got to his feet and tried to toss a warm-up pitch, but was in too much pain to continue and had to be helped off the field.

Even in a season that isn’t going anywhere in particular, this isn’t how you want it to end. The Tigers have yet to announce a recovery timetable for the 30-year-old reliever, but he won’t return to the mound until 2018. He exited Saturday’s outing with a 4.35 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 6.3 SO/9 over 60 innings.

The Tigers currently trail the Twins 10-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning.

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