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Dodgers' Jon Garland confirms injury to oblique muscle

March 9, 2011 |  1:35 pm

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Dodgers pitcher Jon Garland confirmed that he left Wednesday's game because of an injury to an oblique muscle in his torso. He said the Dodgers' training staff was setting up a doctor's visit and that he anticipated an MRI examination would be ordered.

Garland clutched his left side after delivering a pitch to Jack Wilson of the Seattle Mariners in the second inning.

"It honestly felt like it was cramping up," Garland said. "Standing here doing nothing, it feels fine. If I were to pick up a baseball and throw it, I guess it wouldn't feel good."

A strained oblique muscle generally requires at least one month of recovery. St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter sat out five weeks with a strained oblique muscle in 2009.

Garland, 31, has pitched at least 190 innings in each of the last nine years. He has not been put on the disabled list since his rookie season, 2000, when he sat out two weeks because of a bruised right elbow.

-- Bill Shaikin

Photo: Jon Garland. Credit: Christian Petersen / Getty Images

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