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Rays’ Ryan Pepiot struck with the seventh hardest-hit ball in MLB this season, forcing him out of the game

New York Mets outfielder Starling Marte smoked the seventh hardest hit ball in the MLB this season, but unfortunately it hit Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Ryan Pepiot and he was forced out of the game.

During the second inning, Marte found the barrel on Pepiot’s 80 mph slider and sent him back where he came from. Luckily it was a low line drive, but it broke off his leg and was redirected from center to third base.

Everyone for the Mets was safe as Marte reached first and loaded the bases. But no one was focused on the situation – just that Pepiot was okay.

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Ryan Pepiot of the Tampa Bay Rays delivers a pitch against the New York Mets in the second inning at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, on May 5, 2024. (Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

A Rays trainer immediately came out to check on Pepiot, who was limping across the mound after getting up from the grass.

It looked like he was just trying to run away, so there was a possibility he would stay in the game.

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But after two warm-up throws, Pepiot walked off the field under his own power in the top of the third inning and his day was officially over.

Ryan Pepiot of the Tampa Bay Rays delivers a pitch against the New York Mets at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, on May 5, 2024. (Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Pepiot’s final line was two innings of work with three hits, three earned runs, three strikeouts and a walk.

The Rays diagnosed Pepiot with a left leg contusion after x-rays were initially negative.

Pepiot pitched well for the Rays in his first season with the team, after pitching 17 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2022 to 2023. He had a 3.12 ERA over six starts (34.2 innings) when he started Sunday.

Ryan Pepiot of the Tampa Bay Rays walks off the field with coach Joseph Benge during the third inning at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, on May 5, 2024. (Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

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Pepiot is now considered a daily occurrence and the Rays will certainly hope he can return to the field for his next scheduled start.

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