NEW YORK -- First baseman Ryon Healy took a sharp grounder to his face in the middle of an all-around ugly sixth inning for the A's in a 7-5 series-opening loss to the Mets on Friday evening at Citi Field.Healy was forced out of the game with what was later
NEW YORK -- First baseman Ryon Healy took a sharp grounder to his face in the middle of an all-around ugly sixth inning for the A's in a 7-5 series-opening loss to the Mets on Friday evening at Citi Field.
Healy was forced out of the game with what was later deemed a head contusion. He passed a concussion test and said after the game he believes he'll be good to go Saturday.
"He's all right, better than I thought at this point, but at the time, it looked like it hit him in the temple," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "I guess it was just to the side of it. He was feeling better than I thought when he came in here."
The one-hopper off the bat of Lucas Duda, which resulted in an infield hit that loaded the bases with one out, struck Healy near the left temple. He received medical attention immediately and walked off the field with a trainer by his side.
"I think I was just kind of in shock, a little bit nervous to open my eyes," Healy said. "I was just trying to be present and feel myself out before I really stood up, but once I opened my eyes, I saw clearly, and the bright lights didn't bother me.
"I've had that happen before. It's gotten me in the mouth, so I guess it's a step up from that, but still not fun, especially when it leads to an inning like that. Not fun."
Yonder Alonso entered the game at first base in place of Healy, who finished 2-for-3 with an RBI, and new A's reliever Blake Treinen proceeded to surrender a two-run single to T.J. Rivera, erasing Oakland's one-run lead. Third baseman Matt Chapman made an error on the play, resulting in another run for a 5-3 Mets advantage.
"On the play, it's not Healy's fault," Melvin said. "He's trying to turn a double play there, and the ball comes up and hits him on the side of his head, so we were a little bit unlucky there. He was turning sideways to try to make a throw to second, and it just came up and caught him on the side of the head."
Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.