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Matt Barnes after liner off the wrist: ‘Hopefully, it looks worse than it is’

07.06.13 at 10:49 pm ET

Red Sox right-hander Matt Barnes lasted just one batter for Double-A Portland on Saturday night, getting knocked out of the game when New Britain (Twins) leadoff hitter Danny Santana lined a 1-2 pitch off the right wrist of Barnes. Though he was removed from the game, the 23-year-old told Kevin Thomas of the Portland Press-Herald (as reported via twitter) that he believes he avoided significant injury after a preliminary examination.

“I was able to do all the strength tests when I first came in,” Barnes told Thomas. “Hopefully, it looks worse than it is.”

Santana came around to score, and so despite facing just the one batter, Barnes was charged with the loss. The 2011 first-rounder is now 4-5 with a 5.32 ERA with 11.0 strikeouts per nine innings and 3.3 walks per nine in 67 2/3 innings spanning 16 starts.

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