Cleveland Indians catcher Carlos Santana exited last night’s
contest against the New York Yankees in the ninth inning after he was struck on
the thumb by a pitch from teammate Chris Perez, according to Jordan Bastian of
Correction: left thumb (not wrist) contusion for Santana. No update on X-rays yet. Will more know Tuesday.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) April 9, 2013
Santana was crossed up on a pitch from Perez, and the ball
hit him in the thumb. The initial diagnosis was a thumb contusion, and this is
ultimately what the Indians described the injury as after X-rays came back
Considering the X-rays came back negative, it doesn’t appear
Santana will be forced to miss an extended period of time due to the injury.
Cleveland’s considering him day-to-day – meaning he could miss a game or two in
order to allow the thumb time to heal – but he should avoid a trip to the
disabled list if the thumb shows improvement in the next couples of days.
Tribe fans are hopeful the ailment won’t slow down Santana,
who’s off to a hot start to the season. The 27-year-old backstop is 13-for-26
at the plate with two home runs, four doubles and five RBI over his first seven
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