Percival suffers right knee sprain vs. Athletics
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Tampa Bay closer Troy Percival left Thursday's game against Oakland in the ninth inning after spraining his right knee while trying to field a sacrifice bunt.
Percival, who leads the Rays with 27 saves, entered the game with a 5-4 lead but issued a leadoff walk to Jack Hannahan. Oakland's Mark Ellis then attempted a sacrifice bunt that Percival fielded cleanly. After chasing Ellis down to record the out near the first-base line, the 38-year-old reliever limped back to the mound as a team trainer rushed out to check on him.
"I made the play and I never felt anything pop," said Percival, who wore a thick brace on his right leg and had to use crutches to get around the Rays' clubhouse after the game.
"I took two steps back toward the mound and I was like, 'What the heck just happened?' It got worse and worse and I came in here and it got worse. Now I've got this brace on and I'm good."
Manager Joe Maddon said Percival will remain with the team and will be re-evaluated on Friday, when the Rays begin a three-game series in Texas.
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