Ron Gardenhire hit by ball in practice

Updated: September 26, 2010, 12:12 AM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire missed Saturday night's loss to the Detroit Tigers after being hit by a ball during batting practice. He was not seriously hurt.

Gardenhire was taking throws from his middle infielders when he was struck in the right ear by a throw from Alexi Casilla.

"I was throwing a ball home, and Lexi didn't realize that I had turned, and he caught me right in the side of the head," said Gardenhire, who watched the 11-10, 13-inning defeat from the clubhouse. "It hurts quite a bit. I really got smacked."

Gardenhire had blood drained from his ear during the game, but was well enough to spend a short period in the tunnel behind the dugout.

"I went down there for a few minutes, just to get out of the clubhouse, but once the pain meds started to wear off, my head felt like it was on fire," he said.

Gardenhire passed a concussion test and said he expects to manage Sunday's series finale.


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