BALTIMORE – Detroit Tigers outfielder Derek Hill and Akil Baddoo were assessed for injuries following their frightening collision while chasing a flyball Tuesday night in Baltimore.
Hill and Baddoo both took off after Anthony Santander’s push to left center field in the eighth inning. Each player caught the ball – then they collided, causing Baddoo’s cap to fly.
“It was a nasty collision. It was a batted ball probably in the perfect spot for both guys to go full speed, and both with a chance of catching it,” Detroit manager AJ Hinch said. after his team’s 9-4 victory. “We don’t see it much at this level. When you see them, they are mean. ”
Hill managed to catch up when he and Baddoo met on the Santander flyball. Both outfielders left the match, although they were able to leave the field after a delay.
“Obviously not good,” Santander said through an interpreter. “I’m an outfielder, and I can definitely relate to that. You really don’t want to see something like that.”
Hinch said Baddoo was being examined for a concussion and a shoulder injury and may need a few days off. Hill had his ribs checked.
“When I came out there were obviously a few coaches with me, both guys were pretty roughed up and in a lot of pain,” Hinch said. “Very frightening incident. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.