Byron Buxton’s throw home to cut down Shohei Ohtani preserved Minnesota’s one-run lead in the eighth inning, but the heroics came at a steep cost, as catcher Mitch Garver was removed from Tuesday night's 4-3 win after Ohtani slid into Garver’s left leg as he blocked the plate.
Manager Rocco Baldelli said Garver sustained a left high ankle sprain on the play and he will be evaluated further on Wednesday.
"There's going to be contact on plays like that," Baldelli said. "We know it's always a possibility. ... We don't have a lot of the information. We will know a lot more tomorrow. Probably not in as much pain as I was expecting. But anything beyond that is speculation."
Ohtani had singled off Taylor Rogers before Albert Pujols also poked a single to right against Blake Parker. Brian Goodwin followed with a line-drive single to center field, and as Garver protected the plate with his left foot -- as he received a 98.6-mph throw from Buxton -- Ohtani swept the foot out from under him with a feet-first slide at home.
Garver immediately went down to the ground in pain, with Ohtani showing obvious concern for the Twins’ catcher as the pair lay on the dirt around home plate. Athletic trainer Masa Abe and Baldelli examined Garver, who could not put any weight onto his left foot as he was helped off the field.