After a collision at the plate, backup catcher Lou Marson left Saturday’s game against Tampa with a neck strain. The Indians announced that he’s day-to-day.
Lou Marson left the game with a cervical (neck) strain. he is day to day
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) April 7, 2013
Marson took a monster hit from Rays CF Desmond Jennings in bang-bang play at the plate. In the bottom of third, with no outs and Desmond Jennings on third, Matt Joyce hit a dribbler to Lonnie Chisenhall, who threw home for the fielder’s choice. Jennings arrived just after the throw and went shoulder first into Marson’s helmet. Marson was bowled over, his head whipping back and hitting the dirt, but he held onto the ball and recorded the out.
Team doctors examined Marson on the field, but he stayed in the game and finished out the rest of the inning. However, Marson didn’t come back out for the bottom of the fourth. Carlos Santana, who started the night as DH, was inserted behind the plate. And since Santana started the night at DH and moved to the field, their pitchers were forced to bat in place of Marson (which was 9th).
Saturday night was Marson’s first appearance of the season and he walked in his only plate appearance. Marson, 26, appeared in 70 games for the Indians last season and hit .226 with 8 doubles and an OPS of .635 in 195 at-bats.