Robinson Cano dons catcher’s mask after getting hit by ball in dugout (vid)
Robinson Cano fortunately avoided suffering a concussion after he was plunked in the head by an errant baseball while hanging in the dugout during Saturday’s tilt between the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels. And he demonstrated a pretty good sense of humor regarding the entire incident by jokingly donning a catcher’s mask in the dugout to “protect” himself from any future errant throws.
The Mariners slugger actually left Saturday’s game after the ball, accidentally thrown into the dugout on a high throw from rookie shortstop Taylor Featherston over first baseman Albert Pujols during mid-inning infield warm-ups, drilled him in the forehead. But the video below shows how Cano, while suffering a knot on the noggin, wasn’t otherwise sore about anything related to what transpired in Saturday’s game.
“I didn’t hear anything,” Cano, who suffered dizziness, told reporters on Saturday, per an ESPN report. “Those are the things that hurt the most, when you aren’t expecting anything. I checked the replay and it hit me and bounced all the way back to first base. It hurt at first, but I’m good. I was talking to Guti (teammate Franklin Gutierrez), looking to the side, and the next thing I knew I got hit in the head. I didn’t lose my consciousness. It just hurt right on that spot, but otherwise everything is good.”
Cano did mention, though, that while there’s no hard feelings, he feels the incident could have been avoided.
“He’s a young guy, but I don’t think there’s a reason you have to throw that hard between innings,” Cano said of Featherston’s aggressive toss on Saturday while mentioning Pujols called to check up on him after the game. “But it’s all right. Things happen for a reason. Thank God I’m good and right now I feel good to play. Hopefully everything goes well through the night.”
Cano was back in the lineup for Sunday’s showdown, a 3-2 loss in which he struggled at the plate, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. No word on whether or not being plunked in the forehead by the ball had anything to do with his rough day.
[H/T Big League Stew]