Kurt Suzuki returns to Angels after ‘scary’ incident the night before – Pasadena Star News


ANAHEIM – Kurt Suzuki stood at the Angels clubhouse on Sunday morning, no worse for his scary experience in addition to wishing he hadn’t made “a big scene of everything”.

The Angels catcher scared everyone who watched what happened to him before the third inning on Saturday night. He was catching Michael Lorenzen’s warm-up pitches when one of them hit the ground and bounced off his neck.

Suzuki then passed out as he tried to descend the stairs from the dugout. His teammates and coaches carried his temporarily inert body up the stairs.

“I don’t remember before passing out or anything,” Suzuki said. “I woke up in the tunnel. It’s frightening. This is obviously not ideal. But that’s part of the job I play. You are touched.

“It was definitely weird. A weird situation. But you know, luckily everything is good and ready to go.

Suzuki quickly regained consciousness once he descended into the tunnel behind the Angel Dugout. He was taken to hospital for tests, which revealed nothing more than a bruise on his neck.

Suzuki said he had no idea how it could cause him to pass out.

“Obviously when you hit the neck area, there’s all these arteries going to the brain or whatever,” Suzuki said.

On Sunday, the Angels had receiver Chad Wallach in the clubhouse, but he was not activated. Suzuki said he was okay with playing Sunday if necessary.

“I’m ready,” he said. “Just try not to get hit in the neck again.”


Taylor Ward teeed off in right field on Sunday, which came as a surprise a day after Ward said the strength tests on his shoulder hadn’t improved in a few days.

Ward has been out for over a week with a neck sting, which is nerve irritation between his neck and shoulder. He was able to punch, but when he raised his arm to throw, it pinched the nerve and reduced his strength.

The Angels had tested him every day and Ward admitted on Thursday that he was discouraged by the lack of progress.

In Saturday’s game, he felt good enough that the Angels asked him to throw a few shots into the inside cage. It went well enough that he came out on the field Sunday morning and threw 120 feet.

Ward said he only throws at 60-80% intensity. The Angels will try to help him out by getting the cut man out farther than normal.


The Angels activated left-hander José Quijada (oblique) from the disabled list on Sunday, which was earlier than expected. Manager Joe Maddon said on Saturday that Quijada would make at least one more appearance in rehab.

The Angels’ bullpen has been struggling lately, and on Saturday night the the lost angels with right-handers Jimmy Herget, Ryan Tepera and Olivera Ortega all unavailable for various reasons.

Janson Junk was chosen to make room for Quijada.


Angels (RHP Noah Syndergaard, 4-2, 3.08) at Yankees (LHP Jordan Montgomery, 0-1, 3.30), Tuesday, 4:05 p.m., Bally Sports West, 8:30 a.m.


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