Fisher laughs off misplay that led to minor injury

August 4th, 2019

BALTIMORE -- Who could blame Blue Jays outfielder Derek Fisher if all he wanted to do after Saturday’s game was crawl into a hole without access to society not to be heard from for a few days? After botching a fly ball that hit him in the face, it would probably be a course of action taken by many -- unaided by the fact that it came in just his third game with his new team.

Instead, Fisher was in good spirits in Toronto's clubhouse before Sunday’s series finale against the Orioles after a hospital visit Saturday night proved all concussion and X-ray testing to be negative. He was not in the lineup Sunday -- even though he thinks he could have been -- in order to rest and quell the swelling of what’s been diagnosed as a facial contusion.

Most importantly, though, less than 24 hours after the collision with the ball and with ice to his face all night, he can laugh at it.

“I think it’s humor already, 100 percent,” he said, sporting a swollen cheek and shades of black and blue under his right eye. “When you miss a fly ball at this level, you can only laugh at it. If you get hit in the face at 25 years old by a fly ball you should have caught, it’s always humor.”

Fisher, a noted speedster and stellar athlete, dropped the routine fly ball off the bat of Trey Mancini in the first inning of Saturday’s 6-4 loss to the Orioles. He came rushing in from right field before glancing to see where his teammates were. Next thing he knew, he was on the ground and taken off the field with a towel to his face -- the second time for a Blue Jays player in Baltimore after Randal Grichuk fouled a ball off his face Thursday.

“Came in, charged the ball -- was trying to be aggressive,” Fisher said. “Kind of peeked over to see where everybody was at and caught the ball with my right eye.”

“He just missed it,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said on Saturday. “He even said it, 'I can't believe I missed the ball.' I really like the kid.”

The incident happened in just the second Blue Jays start for Fisher, who was acquired from the Astros in exchange for Aaron Sanchez and Joe Biagini as well as Minor Leaguer Cal Stevenson at Wednesday’s Trade Deadline.

It wasn’t exactly the greatest impression he could have made with his new team, but so long as it doesn’t cause him to miss a lengthy period of time -- which it doesn’t appear it will -- Fisher will take the moment in stride.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been hit in the face, to be honest," he said. "I’d rather it planked off my glove or I caught it, but I caught it with my face instead. It could have been way worse, so to be able to that and come out and be OK, it’s the same day.

“I have buddies back home that have been giving me some stuff for it,” he added with a laugh. “Just making sure I’m OK first, but I’m OK, so it’s all fun and games at this point.”