Rookie has no-hitter into seventh before exiting game

Updated: May 1, 2007, 11:13 PM ET
Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rookie pitcher Phil Hughes of the New York Yankees was working on a no-hitter in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers when he came out of the game with an apparent leg injury.

He was replaced by Mike Myers, who got through the seventh without allowing a hit before giving up a leadoff double in the eighth to Hank Blalock.

Hughes winced and grabbed his left thigh after throwing an 0-2 breaking ball to Mark Teixeira with one out in the seventh. It was Hughes' 83rd pitch of the game.

Yankees manager Joe Torre, pitching coach Ron Guidry and a trainer came out to the mound to check on Hughes, who was removed from the game. The nature of the injury wasn't immediately known.

The 20-year-old Hughes, considered one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, walked three and struck out six in his second major league start. He left with a 9-0 lead.

Hughes was called up from Triple-A Scranton to fill a spot in New York's injury-depleted rotation. Mike Mussina (hamstring), Carl Pavano (forearm) and Jeff Karstens (broken right leg) are on the disabled list. Chien-Ming Wang also missed the first three weeks of the season with a hamstring injury.


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