Civale, who leads the majors with 10 wins, was 3-2 over Eric Sogard with two strikeouts in the fifth inning when he was visited by manager Terry Francona and a coach. The coach examined Civale’s right hand before the pitcher was called out.
“His fingertip was bothering him, so we didn’t mess around with that,” Francona said. “We just got him out of there. “
Francona said the team wanted Civale to see hand specialist Dr Thomas Graham as soon as possible.
Any extended absence for the 26-year-old pitcher would be a blow to Cleveland, already absent from ace Shane Bieber and right-hander Zach Plesac with injuries.
“Rather than feeling sorry for ourselves, we’re just going to try to understand it as best we can,” Francona said.
Civale was 10-2 with a 3.48 ERA before the game.
After Civale’s pullout, Bryan Shaw got four strikeouts for the win. Nick Wittgren came out of a jam in the seventh before Emmanuel Clase and James Karinchak each pitched an inning, finishing a six-hit.
“The pen came up, and it was kind of like a normal day for them,” said Josh Naylor of Cleveland, who hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning. “They just came in and did some business. “
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.