December 9, 2022

Giants reliever Tyler Rogers leaves the game after taking his leg off the ground

Photo by John Shea

San Francisco Giants’ Tyler Rogers throws during spring baseball training, Tuesday, March 15, 2022, in Scottsdale, Arizona. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Giants reliever Tyler Rogers left Saturday’s display at Scottsdale Stadium after taking a yank to the bottom of his right leg.

Rogers’ 20th pitch of the sixth inning was smoked off the bat by Cincinnati’s Joey Votto, and the ball hit Rogers’ shin area and rolled toward the third base line.

Rogers, an underwater pitcher who posted a 2.22 ERA in a league-record 80 appearances last season, saw his momentum take him into foul territory, and he appeared to be in pain.

“Just as a precaution to get him out of there,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “He had 20 pitches anyway. … He emerged from the mound in good health and is being examined.

Kapler and a coach came out to the mound to check on Rogers, who came out at the time after a tough inning in which he returned three hits, walked a batter and threw a ball to first base after lining up a grounder.

“An unlucky round very similar to Rogers’,” Kapler said. “We know we get a few a year, so it’s good to have one in March instead of April.”

It was Rogers’ second appearance at an exhibition in 2021.

John Shea is the national baseball writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected]: @JohnSheaHey