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Blue Jays RHP Hutchison leaves with sore elbow

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TORONTO (AP)

The Blue Jays are losing starting pitchers at an alarming rate.

Rookie right-hander Drew Hutchison became the third Toronto starter in five days to leave with a mid-game injury when he walked off the mound just nine pitches into Friday's game against Philadelphia, forced out by a sore right elbow.

Hutchison appeared to feel pain after a 1-1 pitch to Hunter Pence, the third batter of the game. A trainer and manager John Farrell came out to check on Hutchison and, after a brief discussion, replaced him with left-hander Aaron Laffey.

The Blue Jays announced earlier in the day that an MRI on righty Kyle Drabek revealed a torn ligament in his elbow. Drabek, who had ligament replacement surgery as a minor leaguer in 2007, is due to visit noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Monday to confirm the diagnosis.

Drabek, who left in the fifth inning of Wednesday's loss to Washington, is on the 15-day disabled list. If he needs another operation, he could be sidelined for a year or more.

Adding to Toronto's woes, right-hander Brandon Morrow left Monday's loss to the Nationals after nine pitches with a strained muscle in his left side. He was later placed on the 15-day DL.

Called up from Double-A in late April, Hutchison is 5-3 with a 4.66 ERA in 10 starts.

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