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05/19/10 11:37 PM ET

Gorzelanny exits after being hit by line drive

X-rays on left ring finger negative; next start in question

PHILADELPHIA -- Cubs starter Tom Gorzelanny left Wednesday's game in the seventh inning after getting hit by a line drive off the bat of Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz.

The ball struck Gorzelanny in his left ring finger. He scrambled after it and threw out Ruiz at first from his knees but was removed from the game.

"I definitely wanted to stay there as long as I could," Gorzelanny said. "I should've caught it. I should've moved my hand out of the way."

X-rays taken on the finger came back negative. The finger was slightly swollen with some blood underneath the nail. With a day off on Monday, the Cubs have the option of skipping or pushing back Gorzelanny's next start if need be.

Gorzelanny had been pitching magnificently for Chicago -- 6 2/3 shutout innings with only three hits and two walks allowed.

"But I couldn't feel my finger, so it probably wasn't a good thing to stay and throw," he said.

Zach Schonbrun is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.