SARASOTA, Fla. -- Baltimore Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman had to leave the team's spring training game Feb. 26 after he collided with Detroit Tigers infielder Jeimer Candelario.
Gausman was backing up home plate after surrendering an RBI single to centerfield when he collided with Candelario, who was on deck at the time and signaling to the Tigers' baserunner.
Gausman said he hit the brim of Candelario's helmet, causing a cut above his left eyelid.
"I got back there pretty quick," Gausman said. "The throw kind of took towards the third base dugout. I kind of happened to jump right into him. But, yeah, I'm fine now."
Gausman was removed from the game, and after the top of the second inning was completed, he was carted off the field, holding a towel to his face. He went through concussion protocol but did not go to the hospital.
Candelario also left the game with an apparent knee injury.
"I've been playing baseball for a long time, and I've never run into that guy," Gausman said."Just kind of one of those freak things. … Right away when it happened, I didn't know who I hit. … I didn't know what happened but figured it out pretty quick."
Gausman said he doesn't expect to miss any time. He was charged with five runs on six hits in 1.1 innings.
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