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Farrell KO'd by pneumonia

The Sports Xchange
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Blue Jays manager John Farrell left Thursday's 9-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals in the bottom of the ninth inning with what the club later announced was pneumonia.

Farrell did not hold his usual postgame media conference and was said to be going to a hospital for an examination after experiencing what the team termed muscular pain on his left side below the rib cage.

The Blue Jays said early Friday morning that Farrell received the pneumonia diagnosis and was released from the hospital. He is expected to return to the team later Friday.

"About the eighth inning, I thought he was moving around a little funny, and I asked him, 'Are you struggling a little bit?'" bench coach Don Wakamatsu said after the game.

Wakamatsu said Farrell left the dugout in the eighth inning briefly but returned.

"He was sitting next to me," Wakamatsu said. "I knew something was a little bit funny, and I asked him, and he said he was having some pain in his side. The bottom of the ninth, he took off to be checked."

Farrell missed seeing Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning before Royals closer Joakim Soria sealed his team's win.

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