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P.J. Walters Injury: Twins Pitcher Leaves Game Vs. Phillies With Shoulder Stiffness

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher P.J. Walters had to leave Wednesday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning because of shoulder stiffness. He had difficulty getting loose and will have an MRI on Thursday, via the Star Tribune's La Velle E. Neal III.

Walters' injury is partially to blame for the Twins' dismal start to the game. He gave up four hits and four runs on just 15 pitches before leaving the field.

The Twins fell behind 6-0 in the first inning after Jeff Manship gave up two more runs. He pitched three innings before being replaced by Anthony Swarzak.

Minnesota trails Philadelphia 7-3 in the top of the fourth. Trevor Plouffe hit a one-run home run in the second inning.

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