CHICAGO — Minnesota Twins catcher Gary Sanchez was feeling lucky Sunday after he almost walked right into a major injury.
Sanchez was nearly struck within the head by a full swing by teammate Gilberto Celestino throughout Minnesota’s 5-1 victory towards the Chicago White Sox.
The incident occurred when Chicago introduced in Kendall Graveman to face Sanchez with two outs within the eighth inning. Sanchez was heading again to the dugout to be taught extra in regards to the reliever when he was nearly hit by Celestino within the on-deck circle.
Celestino missed Sanchez’s face by mere inches.
“I had a few minutes to go and ask a couple questions about that pitcher,” Sanchez stated by way of an interpreter. “I saw his bat was on his shoulder just standing there in the on-deck circle and so I went back to the dugout and I didn’t notice he was swinging.”
Sanchez lowered his head after the bat handed, and Celestino leaned again with an incredulous look on his face.
“He almost hit me, but thank God, nothing happened,” Sanchez stated. “It’s just an accident. It’s fine.”