Detroit Tigers catcher Austin Romine departed from Friday’s 1-0 loss against the Cleveland Indians with a wrist injury.
Manager Ron Gardenhire said the X-rays of Romine’s left wrist came back negative. He is only dealing with a bruise and won’t need to go to the injured list.
“He’s gonna be OK,” Gardenhire said Friday. “His hand went numb and his thumb locked up on him. After he got into the clubhouse, it loosened up.”
With the bases loaded in the top of the ninth inning, left-handed reliever Gregory Soto tossed a 97.8 mph fastball in the dirt. To avoid a wild pitch, Romine threw himself in front of the ball.
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The ball ricocheted off his left wrist.
After Romine recovered the ball to keep the runner at third base, he clutched his wrist and was met by head athletic trainer Doug Teter behind home plate.
Moments later, he walked into the clubhouse and was replaced by backup catcher Eric Haase.
In 33 games this season, the 31-year-old is hitting .245 with two homers and 15 RBIs. He is on a one-year contract with the Tigers.
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