Joe Ryan didn’t wait until manager Rocco Baldelli and head trainer Michael Salazar made it onto the mound. He had nothing to discuss – he was coming out of the game.
A few seconds after being flushed to the right wrist by a batted ball from Miles Straw, traveling at 92.7 mph, Ryan pulled himself out of the game while walking straight down the mound. As he reached the first-base dugout, the rookie slammed his glove with his left hand in despair. He threw his hat down before disappearing into the tunnel leading to the Twins’ clubhouse.
The X-rays were negative, Baldelli revealed after the game, which the Twins dropped 3-1 at Cleveland in the goal zone, and after it was all said and done, Ryan was more of his reaction than anything. was upset.
“I should have handled it more professionally,” he said. “I probably shouldn’t have thrown my glove with my left hand. I think it sets a bad example. I should have been a little more professional about it.”
But the cheater can certainly be forgiven for losing his temper during a moment of shock.
Minutes after the game ended, he was already expecting a call from his father, “Give me something.” After all, his father, Kurtis Ryan, would rip back tennis balls to prepare him for such situations when he grew up to throw the bullpen.
Ryan, who bowled five innings off a one-run delivery, said it was the first time anything injury-related had happened to him on the field. Unable to field the ball with his right hand, he felt he was no longer going to pitch, he should go straight in.
Thankfully for the twins, the injury doesn’t seem as serious as they once feared, with Ryan saying he was “not worried” about it.
“Those are tough moments. You hold your breath,” Baldelli said. “You really are waiting to see what you find out. At this point we can’t really do anything to impress him except wait, see how he is. ”
After going inside, Ryan got his wrist scanned, got some treatment and wrapped it. The ball has a seam mark on it which Ryan said would be “good to see for a few days.”
To return to the mound, Ryan stated that his wrist was stiff, although no, he was not in too much pain. But he acknowledged that it would probably not be the one who would make that decision.
After Ryan departed on Tuesday, Cleveland, moving into the seventh inning, scored a pair of runs from reliever Danny Coulombe – one earned, one unearned – to take the doubleheader’s first game.
The Twins’ offense scored just once in a loss to Cleveland starter Tristan Mackenzie as Andrelton Simmons brought home Ben Rorthwaite with a double in the third inning. During the game, Cleveland released fielder Harold Ramirez dove for the ball, missed it and slipped while trying to get back up as it went past him.