By La Velle
Twins outfielder Carlos Gomez left tonight’s game in the fifth inning after being hit in the head with the ball as he stole second base.
The throw from Detroit catcher Ivan Rodriguez nailed Gomez on the left side of his helmet as he arrived at the bag. Gomez grabbed his head but stayed on the ground for a few minutes while being attended to.
I’ve never seen Twins physicians Dr. Dan Buss or Dr. Vijay Eyunni on the field during an injury, but they rushed out to make sure nothing serious was wrong. Gomez eventually rose to his feet and was carted off the field.
Update: The Twins report that Gomez has been checked out by Twins doctors and is O.K. He did not lose consciousness and will not, as of now, undergo further testing.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has left the club after learning on Thursday that his brother, Mike, passed away unexpectedly while at his home in Oklahoma. Mike Gardenhire was 55.
While Ron Gardenhire’s return date has not been determined yet, he will miss the weekend series against the Tigers. It’s possible he could return during the midweek series in Chicago against the White Sox.
Scott Ullger will manage the club in Gardenhire’s absence.
Sorry for the delay. Busy pre-game. Adam Everett is back.
Tigers (14-15): 1. Granderson, CF. 2. Polanco, 2B. 3. Sheffield, DH. 4. Ordonez, RF. 5. Cabrera, 1B. 6. Guillen, 3B. 7. Renteria, SS. 8. I-Rod, C. 9. Jones, LF. Pitching: Galarraga.
Twins (13-14): 1. Gomez, CF. 2. Harris, 2B. 3. Mauer, C. 4. Morneau, 1B. 5. Cuddyer, RF. 6. Kubel, DH. 7. Young, LF. 8. Lamb, 3B. 9. Everett, SS. Pitching: Hernandez.