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Cubs’ Justin Steele leaves start against Rays because of left forearm tightness

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia Phillies

May 21, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Justin Steele (35) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs starter Justin Steele left the game against the Tampa Bay Rays after three innings because of left forearm tightness.

Steele retired all nine batters he faced.

He got a visit from manager David Ross and an athletic trainer with one out in the third.

Steele retired the next two batters, with third baseman Patrick Wisdom making a lunging stab on Taylor Walls’ line drive foul and stopping Jose Siri’s hard grounder before throwing him out.

Hayden Wesneski came in to start the fourth inning. Steele is 6-2 with a 2.65 ERA in 12 starts.