WASHINGTON – Tommy Hunter won’t be pitching on Monday. Hunter fielded a ball with his bare right hand hit by Toronto’s Jose Bautista for the third out in Sunday’s eighth inning.
“It’ll be all right,” Hunter said Monday morning. “Kind of like taking one off the shin…It’s not that bad at all. It’s gonna be for me. It got me in the meat of it.”
Hunter had an X-Ray that showed no broken bone, and wasn’t planning on another one.
“It feels like I got hit,” Hunter said. “Hitters foul balls off their shins all the time. They have to play the next day. It definitely didn’t feel that good.”
Without Hunter and Jim Johnson unavailable because he threw 37 pitches on Sunday pitches, Darren O’Day will probably close if necessary for the Orioles.
Hunter is 3-0 with a 1.07 ERA in 15 games since Apr. 12. If he’s out for an extended time, the Orioles will feel his absence.
“I think the numbness is what got me. When your hand goes completely numb, that’s usually not a good sign.”
Hunter isn’t pleased with himself for trying to make a difficult play.
“It’s pretty stupid. This is what I make money with, this hand.”