You don’t see this often. During Sunday’s Grapefruit League exhibition game against the Rays, Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison was beaned in the back of the head by his catcher, A.J. Jimenez, during a stolen base attempt by Brad Miller. Hutchison exited the game and Steve Delabar came in as relief.
Hutchison walked Miller on four pitches, who then broke for second base on the first pitch to Steven Souza, Jr. Jimenez popped up to throw to second base, but his throw was a bit too low. The ball caromed off of Hutchison’s head and went into left field, allowing Miller to advance to third base.
Jimenez wasn’t high on the Jays’ depth chart, so this mistake isn’t costing him a spot on the major league roster. He was hitting .467 in 15 spring at-bats, for what it’s worth.
Hutchison, however, is competing for a spot at the back of the Jays’ starting rotation. He has pitched decently, yielding six earned runs on 10 hits and five walks with nine strikeouts in 15 1/3 innings. His competition, Aaron Sanchez, has pitched better. Add in that Hutchison still has options remaining, and it seems likely he will open the year at Triple-A Buffalo.
Per Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi, Hutchison says he’ll be fine after taking the beaning and added some humor, saying, “That’s what you get for being dumb and walking the leadoff guy.”