SEATTLE: Indians right fielder Ryan Raburn said he was still experiencing “a little whiplash and stuff” after his diving catch in the second inning Saturday night robbed the Mariners’ Kyle Seager of a double.
In the clubhouse Sunday morning, Raburn looked groggy and said he still had a headache that got progressively worse during Saturday’s game. Asked if he had a concussion, Raburn said: “Naw, I don’t think so. It’s not something that hasn’t happened before. I’ve got a little headache. I’ve done worse.”
Raburn was held out of the lineup in Sunday’s finale of the three-game series at Safeco Field. He said the headache was still there after the Indians fell 3-0.
“He wasn’t feeling great going into the game,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “When he jarred himself there, he felt it pretty good. At least he didn’t hit the wall.” Raburn did that during a spring training game in March.
“He’s pretty stiff. We’ll see how he’s doing. Staying away from him today might not be the worst thing in the world,” Francona said.
Raburn sprinted and laid out to get Seager’s ball, helping set the tone as Josh Tomlin threw a one-hit shutout for the Indians in a 5-0 Tribe victory.
“It might not have been too fast, but it was all I had,” Raburn said. “I’m glad I was able to come through with it.”
Francona said the catch was worth the pain.
“In my opinion, yes. I bet you he’d say yes, too,” Francona said. “They pump everybody up. You see how everybody reacts when they come back in the dugout. It’s almost like a slam dunk in basketball. It counts the same, but it seems like it means more.”
Roster move — Left-hander T.J. House was recalled from Triple-A Columbus and started in place of Justin Masterson on Sunday against the Mariners. Left-hander Nick Hagadone was optioned back to Columbus, leaving Francona with eight relievers.
Hagadone was born in Seattle and attended the University of Washington. Because several family members had planned to attend Sunday’s game, the Indians allowed Hagadone to wait until today to fly back and rejoin the Clippers.
Francona remains optimistic that Hagadone can help the Indians in the future.
“Hags is starting to understand himself and I think he’s tackling things head-on, which is really good because there’s a lot to like in that body,” Francona said. “It’s in there for him to be a dependable reliever. I think dependable’s a big word.”
Foul tips — A throwing error by catcher Yan Gomes in the fifth inning Saturday night trying to get Seager advancing to second on a Tomlin wild pitch snapped Gomes’ streak of 38 consecutive games without a miscue. … Going 0-for-3 Sunday, David Murphy is 1 for his last 42 and has gone 32 games without a home run.
— Marla Ridenour