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Carlos Santana diagnosed with left thumb contusion

Apr 8, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT

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UPDATE: X-rays came back negative and Santana is considered day-to-day.

9:31 PM: Carlos Santana was forced to exit today’s game against the Yankees in the ninth inning after he got crossed up on a pitch from his teammate Chris Perez and was struck on the left thumb. Jordan Bastian of reports that the preliminary diagnosis is a contusion, but there should be more clarity on his status after he goes for X-rays.

An extended absence would be a tough blow, as Santana is off to a fantastic start this season. The 27-year-old went 1-for-2 with two walks before exiting today and is hitting an even .500 (13-for-26) with two home runs, four doubles and five RBI through seven games.

Lou Marson replaced Santana in the ninth inning today, but he might not be back to 100 percent after he suffered a neck strain in a home plate collision with Rays’ outfielder Desmond Jennings on Saturday. The Indians may have to add another catcher, even if Santana’s injury is a day-to-day situation.

  1. steelers88 - Apr 8, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Is this guy always injured?!?!?!?!?

    • Kevin S. - Apr 8, 2013 at 9:41 PM

      No. He had the freak injury his rookie year, then played 300 games over the next two seasons.

  2. 13arod - Apr 8, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    they have ryan rayburn that can play many postions including catcher

  3. royhobbs39 - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    It is going to be tough for him to play the guitar with a thumb contusion.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      Stole my joke 😉

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