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Lorenzo Cain hurt, leaves game after fouling ball off knee

An already-banged-up veteran outfielder is forced to leave the Brewers’ game against the Pirates after his first at-bat

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Whatever the Brewers have done to upset the baseball gods, it might be time to apologize.

The injuries have piled up for the Brewers in the past few weeks, it another freak accident may have led to another as Lorenzo Cain had to leave Tuesday night’s game after the game’s first at-bat.

Cain was leading off the game when he fouled a ball directly off the inside of his knee.

He immediately crumpled to the ground while screaming in pain, leading to an injury delay on the field for several minutes as trainers examined the knee.

It appeared to be the same knee Cain tweaked while making an awkward diving catch in Monday night’s game. Cain was able to finish that game and his at-bat on Tuesday night -- lining out to Starling Marte -- but still appeared to be in a lot of pain as he tried to run down the first base line after making contact.

Ben Gamel replaced Cain in the lineup. The injury comes as the Brewers were already holding Christian Yelich out of the lineup Tuesday night in hopes of managing the nagging back injury the reigning MVP has been dealing with for much of the season.

There’s no word yet on the extent of Cain’s injury or if he’ll need time on the injured list to rest the knee even if it isn’t seriously hurt, but we could find out more after the game or tomorrow afternoon.