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SEATTLE -- Rookie Brandon Maurer had a rough Tuesday night, giving up six runs on seven hits in two-thirds of an inning in his second Major League start and taking a line drive off his right thigh that had the team's medical staff a bit concerned.

On Wednesday afternoon, he had a good amount of gauze covering up his bruise, but his leg and ego seemed to be OK.

"Just flush that one down and go out there and do it again next time," he said.

Manager Eric Wedge said the team is not considering removing Maurer, who made the team out of Spring Training after pitching in Double-A last year, from the rotation. Pitching coach Carl Willis said he would discuss things with Maurer, who also struggled in his big league debut, allowing six runs on eight hits in six innings in Oakland.

"In reviewing the video, a lot of pitches in the center of the plate," Willis said. "I think we saw in Spring Training a little better command. I don't think it's anything mechanical as much as I think it's his first couple Major League starts, him being maybe a little more intense.

"Basic things. Nothing earth-shattering. He still needs to get his feet on the ground a little bit."

Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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