NEW YORK — Twins center fielder Danny Santana still left Fridays 6-1 win over the Yankees in the third inning after sustaining a laceration above his left vision while stealing third bottom. He got stitches on his upper eyelid, and claimed he doubts hell perform Saturday.
I have a little throbbing headache, Santana said. The helmet make the grade. I dont think [I can play Saturday]. Attention is going to be more swollen tomorrow.
Santana doubled with one available against Yankees left-hander Vidal Nuno and successfully took third base. But he or she dived headfirst into the bag, plus it appeared his own helmet triggered the cut above their eye as it flew away while sliding.
Aaron Hicks replaced Santana to be a pinch-runner, and he took over in middle field for his initially game action since struggling lower back pain while taking playing baseball practice before Wednesdays game from the Rangers. Hicks went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and also a walk.
Santana was leading down for the first time in his career, and yes it moved Brian Dozier down to the actual two-hole for the first time since April 16 and for just the third occasion this season. Joe Mauer also moved back to hitting third for under the fifth time this year as well as the first time since May Ten.
Hicks told Twins manager John Gardenhire that his back is not really a problem, but he wasnt ready to hit curveballs in early batting apply, so Gardenhire initially left your pet out of the starting lineup.
Hicks is okay, Gardenhire said before the video game. He took early BP. … His / her back is fine, but he just didnt want to see busting balls. But I called the Yankees, and they said theyre going to throw some, so he is not playing.