Robinson Cano leaves the game with a welt on his forehead after being struck by an errant throw in between innings.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Heads up, Robby! No one in the Seattle Mariners’ dugout expected a ball to come flying in and hit Robinson Cano — the All-Star second baseman getting smacked on the left temple as the Los Angeles Angels’ infielders were getting loose for the seventh inning of a 4-2 win Saturday.
Cano ended up with a sizable welt as a result of rookie shortstop Taylor Featherston’s high throw over first baseman Albert Pujols.
Cano felt dizzy and was taken to the clubhouse, where the Mariners’ medical staff checked the second baseman for a concussion. No signs of one were found.
“I’ve been hit in the head before, but I’ve never had anything happen like this,” Cano said. “He’s a young guy, but I don’t think there’s a reason for him to throw that hard between innings. I didn’t hear anything. It hurts more when you don’t expect it. Hopefully, everything goes well through the night and I feel good enough to play.”
Manager Lloyd McClendon sounded more optimistic. “The Angels doctors checked him out and our staff checked him out. From what we’ve been told, he should be ready to go tomorrow,” McClendon said.
To a man, Cano’s teammates were relieved that it wasn’t anything more series than a bump on the noggin.
“It was scary,” Mariners starter J.A. Happ said. “I kind of saw it happen, and it sounded pretty gross. I saw the throw coming high, but I didn’t have time to really react or say anything. I’m just glad he’s OK, and I’m sure everybody else is, too.”
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