PHILADELPHIA -- Florida Marlins pitcher Adalberto Mendez has been forced out of his major league debut after tossing six scoreless innings because he got hurt running to first base on a single.
The Marlins rookie held the Philadelphia Phillies to just one hit, but came out after straining his right quad Monday. He slowed down before reaching first base and hobbled to the bag before he was helped to the dugout.
Florida had a 2-0 lead when Mendez departed. The 28-year-old right-hander spent seven seasons in the minors before finally getting called up.