Daniel Castano hit on head by 104 mph liner in Marlins’ 7-6 win

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CINCINNATI — Daniel Castano was hit on the forehead by a 104 mph line drive off the bat of Donovan Solano in the first inning of the Miami Marlins’ 7-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

The ball hit the bill of his cap and ricocheted off the crown, manager Don Mattingly said. The team said Castano showed mild concussion symptoms and was bruised, and a CT scan was normal.

“I’m not sure what happened,” Castano said after the game, wearing a bandage on his forehead where some skin had scraped off. “I was down for a second. I was a little out of it. When I woke up, I asked, `What happened?’ I’m much better now. I’m a little bit tired, but I’ll be all right.”

The 27-year-old left-hander fell to the field on his knees and held a hand to his head as Mattingly, catcher Jacob Stallings and athletic trainers went to the mound to check on him. Castano did not appear to lose consciousness, and the door on the outfield fence opened as a cart prepared to enter the field before Castano walked off on his own.

“It’s a little bit scary,” Mattingly said after talking on the phone with Reds manager David Bell, who called to check on Castano. “Your biggest fear is damage. He’s about as good as could be expected.”

“It is really awful to see that happen to anyone,” Bell said. “I’ve seen it happen before. I had a conversation to see that every thing was OK. It is just a major relief to hear that. It’s very scary for everyone involved, certainly for their pitcher and their home team and our team. You almost want to stop playing the game. When he was kneeling and walked off on his own, we all felt a little better.”

Castano rose to his feet about 90 seconds later and left the field under his own power, a towel draped over his neck, after Solano walked over, put a hand on his shoulder and spoke with the pitcher.

The ball was hit so hard it caromed to third baseman Joey Wendle, who caught it for the out.

“I’m just glad we got the out,” Castano said, smiling.

Castano faced just five batters before getting hurt. He is 2-7 in 17 starts and five relief appearances in his big league career. He was recalled from Triple-A Jacksonville to make the start.

“They say the farther it goes, the better off you are,” Mattingly said. “If it hits you and drops straight down, that means you caught it flush.”

Castano said he had never before been hit by a comebacker.

“That’s terrifying,” Reds starter Graham Ashcraft said. “You never want to see a player hurt like that. I was waiting to see blood coming out. I thought he got hit in cheek or his eye bone or something. I am hoping he’s OK. My prayers go out to him and his family. I hope he can come back and make his next start.”

Before the game, the Marlins said 23-year-old right-hander Max Meyer will have Tommy John surgery. Meyer left his second major league start on Friday in Pittsburgh after throwing 10 pitches.

Miami earned a split of the four-game series by overcoming a 5-4, ninth-inning deficit. Pinch-hitter Jesus Sanchez led off the inning with a home run off Hunter Strickland (2-3), who walked Luke Williams and hit Stallings with a pitch.

Wendle hit a go-ahead double against Buck Farmer, and Jesus Aguilar followed with sacrifice fly for his fourth RBI. Aguilar finished a triple shy of the cycle.

Zach Pop (2-0), the sixth of seven Marlins pitchers, threw a perfect eighth.

Tanner Scott overcame a pair of two-out walks and Tommy Pham‘s RBI single for his 14th save in 18 chances, striking out Joey Votto for the final out with two on.

Strickland blew a save for the third time in nine chances.

Ashcraft allowed four runs – three earned – and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Tyler Naquin homered for the Reds.

The crowd of 14,506 was Cincinnati’s 24th under 15,000 this season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: RHP Jordan Holloway was put on the 15-day IL with a right elbow impingement.

UP NEXT

Marlins: RHP Sandy Alcantara (9-4, 1.81) starts Friday against the New York Mets in a home series opener. He allowed six hits over seven scoreless innings in his last start against the Mets, on July 10.

Reds: LHP Mike Minor (1-7, 6.65) is scheduled to be on the mound Friday in a series opener against visiting Baltimore. He is 0-4 in five starts since winning at Arizona on June 13.

Brian Cashman signs 4-year contract to remain Yankees GM

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SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.

Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.

The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.

Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.

Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.

While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.

Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.