MILWAUKEE — New York Yankees first baseman Marwin Gonzalez left Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers after getting hit on the head by a throw from catcher Victor Caratini while standing in the batter’s box.
Caratini had just received a pitch from Brandon Woodruff and was attempting to get the ball back to the pitcher, but the catcher’s throw instead struck the left-handed-hitting Gonzalez on the left side of his helmet.
Gonzalez was examined by an athletic trainer for a few minutes before getting removed from the game. Caratini reacted apologetically as soon as his throw hit Gonzalez.
« He took a pretty good shot, better than I thought, » Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. « He had a pretty good mark on his face when I went up there to check on him. Trainers just felt like he needed to get out of there at that point. He wanted to stay in. I don’t think it’s anything that’s going to put him down, but we’ll see how we’re doing through the night. »
Boone said he had seen instances before in which a catcher’s went off a batter’s bat or helmet but couldn’t remember a time when « a guy’s got it that good and had to come out of the game. »
Boone added that Gonzalez got evaluated and it didn’t appear he’d have to go into concussion protocol.
This marked the second straight night that Gonzalez had to leave a game early. He was removed from the Yankees’ 7-6 loss to the Brewers on Friday due to an illness.