Johjima pulled after being plunked

Johjima pulled after being plunked

SEATTLE -- Mariners catcher Kenji Johjima was hit by a pitch in the first inning of Wednesday night's 7-0 win over the Athletics and had to leave the game for a pinch-hitter in the second inning.

A pitch from A's right-hander Clayton Mortensen nailed Johjima on his left elbow.

After several minutes of treatment from the team's medical staff, Johjima went to first base and eventually advanced to third base. He caught the top of the second inning, but rookie Adam Moore batted for Johjima in the bottom of the inning.

Johjima suffered a contusion of the left elbow, but X-rays were negative.

Johjima went into the game with a .251 batting average, nine home runs and 22 RBIs.

It is the second time this season he had to leave a game against the Athletics prematurely. He suffered a broken left big toe on May 25 in a home plate collision with Oakland infielder Adam Kennedy.

Johjima ended up missing 26 games.

Jim Street is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.