Rangers’ Saunders leaves start with ankle injury

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Joe Saunders is attended to by assistant trainer Matthew Lucero after Saunders was hit on the leg by a ball struck by Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 4, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Saunders left the game.  


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Texas Rangers left-hander Joe Saunders has left his start after being struck in the ankle by a ball.

The Rangers announced that Saunders was hit on the outside of the left ankle by Evan Longoria’s liner in the fourth inning of Friday night’s game against Tampa Bay,

X-rays were negative.

Daniel McCutchen replaced Saunders in the opener of a three-game series.