Indians DH Carlos Santana hit by foul ball into dugout, has contusion

Friday August 12th, 2016

Cleveland Indians designated hitter Carlos Santana sustained a contusion on Thursday night when a foul ball that flew into the dugout hit him on the right side of his head.

Santana was hit by teammate Francisco Lindor's foul ball in the fifth inning of the Indians' 14–4 win over the Los Angeles Angels. Santana was standing on an elevated bench when the foul ball traveled to the dugout.

"By the time he left, he was really rallying," Indians manager Terry Francona said, according to "The good part of it was that, as hard as he got hit and as bad as it looked, for him to—half-hour later—to start to feel better really kind of made everybody feel better."

Santana went through concussion tests as required by Major League Baseball's concussion protocol. Francona said the team will continue to monitor Santana's progress and if any symptoms continue, Santana could be headed to the seven-day concussion list.

"He's actually doing much better," Francona said. "We'll check him in the morning, because if there's any concussion symptoms, you have to err on the side of caution. I don't think Carlos thinks he has one, and he's had a few before. We'll monitor him in the morning."

Santana is batting .242 with 25 home runs and 62 RBIs in 111 games this season.

– Scooby Axson

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