Indians infielder Chris Johnson was out of the lineup Saturday and Sunday due to what he thinks is a spider bite received while staying at the team hotel in Minnesota.
And he might have to miss more time, as the Associated Press reports that swelling in his hand forced Johnson to go to the hospital Sunday and begin antibiotic treatment.
Or as Johnson put it: “Whatever bit me, it got infected.”
Johnson was acquired from the Braves in the Nick Swisher/Michael Bourn undesirable contract swap two weeks ago and began his Indians career by going 9-for-21 (.429) with three doubles in six games.
Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka was hit in the head by a Giancarlo Stanton line drive during a simulated game on Saturday afternoon. He remained on the ground for a while before exiting the field with the help of trainers. He went to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and was released in the evening.
Per James Wagner of The New York Times, Tanaka entered the hospital with concussion-like symptoms but they went away. Tanaka underwent a series of tests, including a CT scan, and checked out fine. The right-hander will still likely undergo MLB’s concussion protocol.
Tanaka, 31, will pitch out of the middle of the Yankees’ rotation behind Gerrit Cole and James Paxton during this shortened 60-game season. Tanaka had an up-and-down 2019 campaign, finishing with a 4.45 ERA, 149 strikeouts, and 40 walks over 182 innings of work. He is entering the final year of his seven-year, $155 million contract, so he may enter free agency after the season.