Fingernail forces Narveson’s early exit

Chris Narveson cruised into the sixth inning Monday in his return from the disabled list, then abruptly exited his start in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Pirates at PNC Park with what the Brewers called “an issue” with the nail on his left middle finger.

Narveson had missed his previous two starts with a cut on his left thumb, but that did not appear to bother him in 5 1/3 scoreless innings on Monday. After a 1-and-1 pitch to Pirates first baseman Steve Pearce, catcher George Kottaras went to the mound and called for a medical official, who examined Narveson’s finger.

Reliever Kameron Loe took over and finished the inning.

It was an abrupt end to what was looking like an outstanding outing for Narveson, who worked around five hits without allowing a run in the first five innings, and gave the Brewers a lead with a two-out, two-run single off Pittsburgh starter Jeff Karstens in the fourth.

He had been injured since Aug. 12, when Narveson sliced his left thumb with a scissors while fixing his baseball glove during a Brewers-Pirates game at Miller Park.

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