Astros starter García leaves in 1st with elbow discomfort

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HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Astros starter Luis García left Monday night's game against the San Francisco Giants with right elbow discomfort after throwing just eight pitches.

García allowed a leadoff single to LaMonte Wade Jr. and had thrown six pitches to Thairo Estrada when he stopped and motioned for catcher Martín Maldonado to come to the mound.

Maldonado spoke to García before signaling for a trainer. He and manager Dusty Baker came to the mound and spoke with the right-hander for a couple of minutes before escorting him off the field.

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García looked to be in pain and shook his right arm a bit as he walked off the field.

It's the second straight game where Houston's starter has left with an injury. Jose Urquidy exited Sunday night's game in the sixth inning with right shoulder soreness. He was placed on the 15-day injured list Monday.

Right-hander Brandon Bielak was recalled from Triple-A Sugar Land to take Urquidy's roster spot. He took over after García's exit with the count at 2-2 on Estrada and struck him out.


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Kristie Rieken, The Associated Press

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