During the second inning of the Mariners-Indians game on March 23, catcher Jesus Montero was injured.
The Indians Francisco Lindor, a left-handed batter, was swinging through his pitch and swung his bat around his body, whacking Montero on the right side of his head.
A few minutes passed before Montero was able to sit up and get escorted off the field. While being carted off the field at Peoria Stadium, Montero gave the crowd a thumbs-up to let them know he was all right.
Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Montero does not have a concussion.
“The last thing you want when playing a sport is to get a concussion,” noted Emily Mulcahey, a St. Bonaventure University freshman who played softball all four years at John Stark Regional High School in Weare, N.H.
“I got a softball related concussion sophomore year,” she said. “Although it was only grade 2, it set me back. I had to sit out for a week and suffered from migranes.”
“I think he’s going to have trouble getting a helmet on with the size of that bump on his head,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said regarding Montero’s injury.
With that in mind, it is unknown when Montero will return to the field.
“I know how behind I felt after only missing a week of practice. I can only imagine how Jesus Montero feels missing time. Especially since he plays in the major league, and I was playing for a high school team,” Mulcahey joked.