Braves reliever leaves game with possible arm injury

The Braves got a series-opening win Tuesday against the division-rival Mets, but they hope they didn’t lose one of their top relievers in the process.

Shane Carle left the game in the seventh inning after experiencing numbness in his right thumb and index finger. He left after throwing two pitches to Adrian Gonzalez to start the inning, signaling to the dugout that there was a problem and then walking off the field with manager Brian Snitker and the Braves head trainer a minute or so later.

“We’re still checking him out,” Snitker said after the game. “He’s going to have some tests tomorrow. He feels fine right now. Had a little numbness in his thumb and forefinger. We’ll just check him out. We’ll know more in a day or so.”

Carle has been one of the few reliable relievers for the Braves, posting a 0.96 ERA in 14 appearances and allowing 15 hits and two earned runs with five walks and 17 strikeouts in 18-2/3 innings.

Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Shane Carle (51) celebrates the final out with catcher Kurt Suzuki (24) in the 12th inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Wednesday, April 11, 2018 in Washington. Atlanta won 5-3. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais