Indians right fielder Ryan Raburn might miss two days after colliding with the wall Friday during a 7-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs at new Cubs Park.
Raburn bruised his left knee and right hand and cut his upper lip on the inside when his teeth got caught. Manager Terry Francona said Raburn would work inside Saturday and get treatment while the Indians travel to Peoria for a game against the San Diego Padres. He’s unlikely to play Sunday at home against the Milwaukee Brewers.
With Raburn’s wife Suzanne expected to deliver their second child next week, Francona said he will try to get Raburn some at-bats before he returns home to Balm, Fla.
Raburn crashed into the wall in the second inning as he followed Kris Bryant’s ball that went for a two-run homer. After trainers, teammates and Francona rushed to check on him, Raburn got up and stayed in the game defensively, then was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the third inning.
“I feel like I ran into a wall. I’m a little sore, but I don’t think it’s anything too serious,” Raburn said. “A little bruised, a little banged up. My knee and my hand got the brunt of it. My knee’s probably the main part right now; it’s pretty sore. Hopefully (in) a couple days I’ll be good.”
Francona said Raburn was lucky he wasn’t seriously hurt.
“Watching it in fast motion, it snuck up on him,” Francona said. “The ball was drifting and he was going. Thankfully there was padding, although underneath that padding it doesn’t give much.”
Raburn said the fact that he was in an unfamiliar ballpark played a part.
“You’re playing on a field you never played on before. Knowing the dimensions, that’s part of it,” Raburn said. “Freak things happen and I’m not going to play soft. Luckily it happened now and not in the regular season where I’d miss a few days.”
Francona said the breezy conditions also were a factor.
“You see it more often than not when the wind’s blowing and the ball is carrying, you get caught up in chasing it and you kind of lose where you are,” he said.