BALTIMORE (AP) — Orioles slugger Mark Reynolds says Los Angeles Angels pitcher Ervin Santana intentionally threw an inside fastball that hit him in the helmet on Saturday night.
Reynolds homered in the first inning and was struck by the pitch in the third. Reynolds stayed in the game but was removed in the fifth inning and went to the hospital for a CT scan.
Reynolds said Sunday that Santana "hit me on purpose." The first baseman says Santana wasn't necessarily aiming for his head. But after watching film of the play, Reynolds noted that the catcher set up inside and Santana "missed the spot by two feet."
Santana said Sunday, "I don't have nothing against him. I don't throw the ball at him."
Reynolds was not in the starting lineup Sunday in the finale of the three-game series.