ATLANTA (AP) — Braves pitcher Kenshin Kawakami left his start against the New York Yankees after being struck at the base of his neck by a line drive in the third inning Wednesday night.

The injury wasn’t serious and no X-rays were needed. The team said Kawakami was day to day with a bruise at the right base of his neck.

Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain hit the liner, which was fielded on the deflection by shortstop Yunel Escobar. Chamberlain was thrown out to end the inning, while Kawakami remained down on the mound.

The right-hander was tended briefly by the Braves trainer and manager Bobby Cox before walking off the field. Kawakami went straight to the clubhouse for treatment and was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the bottom half of the third.

Kris Medlen came in to pitch for Atlanta in the fourth.

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