Jose Contreras leaves game with quadriceps injury

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Colorado Rockies pitcher Jose Contreras has strained his right quadriceps while trying to beat out a grounder in the third inning against Cincinnati.

Contreras attempted to speed up halfway down the line Thursday after Reds shortstop Paul Janish bobbled the ball, but was out by a couple of steps. Soon after stepping on the bag, Contreras began hobbling. A trainer came out to check on him, then escorted Contreras to the dugout.

The right-hander went three innings, allowing one run and four hits.

He was making his second start with the Rockies after being acquired from the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 31 for a minor league pitcher.

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