Giants reliever Reyes Moronta in significant pain, exits with apparent arm injury

Giants reliever Reyes Moronta exited Saturday's game in the top of the sixth inning

  • Pitcher Reyes Moronta (54) of the San Francisco Giants grasps his hand in the top of the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park on Aug. 31, 2019 in San Francisco. (Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • San Francisco Giants pitcher Reyes Moronta falls near the edge of the mound with an injury during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • San Francisco Giants pitcher Reyes Moronta, right, is helped to his feet after falling with an injury during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, in San Francisco. Moronta left the game. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • Pitcher Reyes Moronta (54) of the San Francisco Giants is assisted from the field in the top of the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park on Aug. 31, 2019, in San Francisco. (Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO — Giants reliever Reyes Moronta collapsed to the ground in pain after firing a 97.5-mile per hour fastball to Padres shortstop Luis Urias on Saturday.

Moronta, 26, appeared to clutch his pitching arm and received immediate attention from the Giants medical staff and manager Bruce Bochy. The right-hander walked off the field under his own power, but his dramatic injury led to silence around Oracle Park.

Bochy announced postgame that Moronta has initially been diagnosed with an acute right shoulder strain and will have a MRI on Sunday.

“He’s going to be down I’m sure for awhile,” Bochy said.

Moronta left Saturday’s game against the San Diego Padres in the top of the sixth inning after throwing just three pitches. Following a pair of fastballs that missed the strike zone, Moronta threw a 97.5-mile per hour fastball to Urias before dropping to the ground in pain.

The entire Giants infield surrounded Moronta as he received attention from a member of the Giants’ medical staff. Right-hander Tyler Rogers was tabbed to replace him.

Moronta underwent Tommy John surgery to reconstruct his right elbow after blowing out while pitching for the Giants’ Low-A affiliate in Salem-Keizer in 2013. Bochy said the Giants do not believe Moronta suffered any damage to his elbow on Saturday.

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