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08/31/08 7:56 PM ET

Crew relieved after CC's scary grab

Southpaw OK following barehanded snare of soft line drive

PITTSBURGH -- It was hard to tell if the collective sigh that came from the Brewers' dugout on Sunday was one of surprise or relief.

When starter CC Sabathia grabbed a line drive hit by the Pirates' Nate McLouth with his bare hand in the fourth inning, everyone in a Brewers uniform was most was likely frightened for the left-hander's health.

But after Milwaukee's 7-0 victory, however, Sabathia said the play was no big deal.

"It wasn't hit that hard, so Mad Dog [pitching coach Mike Maddux] and all the trainers weren't that mad," Sabathia said. "It kind of stuck. I just put my hand out and it stuck."

The play turned out to be in the Brewers' favor. Sabathia turned and began a 1-3 double play. It helped contribute to Sabathia's disputed one-hitter in front of 21,293 at PNC Park.

If the line drive -- which was hit after McLouth broke his bat -- was slapped any harder, it could have injured Sabathia's left pitching hand.

Todd Krise is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.