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Pittsburgh Pirates RP Nick Burdi Suffers Scary-Looking Arm Injury

A baseball game in Pittsburgh.

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 03: A general view of PNC Park during opening day between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park on April 3, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Nick Burdi suffered a scary-looking injury to his right (pitching) arm while throwing in relief during tonight's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

With a 1-0 count on Arizona outfielder Jarrod Dyson in the top of the eighth, Burdi uncorked a 97-mph fastball. Almost immediately, he knew something was wrong.

Burdi dropped to the ground on the mound in obvious pain, holding his arm. It was a sobering sight, considering the hard-throwing Louisville alum had Tommy John surgery less than two years ago.

According to the Pirates, Burdi officially left the game with right elbow/bicep pain and is being evaluated.

The 26-year-old Burdi made his major league debut late last season. He entered tonight with a 2-1 record and a 4.32 ERA in 10 appearances.

While the video above did not look good at all, we're hoping Burdi did not suffer a serious injury tonight.

It would be a cruel fate for a player whose career seemed to just be taking off.