With a man on first and nobody out in the fifth, Ichiro Suzuki was nailed by a 96-mph Justin Verlander fastball.
The Seattle Mariners All-Star centerfielder limped halfway down the first baseline before being checked on by trainers. He remained in the game, but was pulled moments later after having trouble gaining second on a wild pitch.
Television replays clearly showed the ball hitting Ichiro on the outside of his right knee, but the team says he was hit in the muscle just above the knee and has a bruise on his right thigh. X-rays were negative and he will be evaluated today.
"I just met the guy a few days ago and here I go hitting him," Verlander said. "I hope he's all right. I hate to do it to that guy, he's really nice."The drilling comes just days after Ichiro avoided free agency by agreeing to a $90 million, five-year contract extension that will keep him in Seattle through the 2012 season.
[Seattle Times] |