Hunter all shook up but in good spirits for Tigers
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Torii Hunter was still shaken up but in good spirits Monday, a day after he fell into the Boston bullpen in a futile effort to catch David Ortiz’s tying grand slam.
The Detroit Tigers’ right fielder indicated he’ll be ready to play today in Game 3 of the AL championship series, but the day off between games was welcome.
“I feel like I played a football game,” Hunter said. “I’m just going to go ahead and get a massage, get some treatment, try to get in the hot tub, loosen up a little bit. I’ll be fine.”
Hunter went racing toward the fence on Ortiz’s line drive and overran the ball slightly before trying to jump back and catch it. His momentum took him over the short wall, but he was able to stay in the game.
“I hit the top of the wall when I came over — it hit me in the ribs and I lost my breath,” Hunter said. “They told me I fell on my head and stuff like that, and I was just kind of out of it for a minute, a little groggy.”
Hunter said he lost the ball in the lights slightly while pursuing it.
“I was going to give it every attempt to go out there and try to catch that ball,” Hunter said. “If it takes for me to get knocked out or die on the field, I guess I’ve got to do it.”
Hunter said he was hurting all over Monday. He first laughed off a question about whether he’d had a concussion test, saying he’s from the “old school” — but he later said that was a risk he took seriously.
“Thirty years from now, if I forget how to ride a bike — it’s OK,” Hunter joked. “I’m lying. You can take anything away from me — I still want my mind. So I’m going to go ahead and get treatment, let them do some tests and we’ll check it out. I’ve got a little headache, but it’ll be fine.”
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