MILWAUKEE — In one of the scariest plays involving the Yankees this season, Marwin Gonzalez left Saturday night’s game due to a throw from a catcher at the mound.
Leading the third inning at American Family Field, Gonzalez was cut in the pinna of his left ear by Milwaukee Brewers catcher Victor Caratini as he returned a ball to starter Brandon Woodruff.
Caratini immediately apologized and worried about Gonzalez, who took the brunt of a close range throw to the side of his head.
Both players were smiling at one point, as Gonzalez was assisted by Yankees head athletic trainer Tim Lentych with manager Aaron Boone in attendance.
But after a lengthy on-court examination of Gonzalez, he was escorted from home plate to the visitors’ clubhouse.
Gonzalez left Friday night’s game after six innings due to dizziness and nausea according to Boone, who reinserted the veteran hitter into Saturday’s lineup at first base.
Aaron Hicks hit as a pinch hitter for Gonzalez and stayed in the game at center field, with Aaron Judge moving to right field and Oswaldo Cabrera moving to first base.
Rookie Cabrera saw his first MLB action as a first baseman Friday night when Gonzalez left that game.
On Sunday, the Yankees are expected to release left-handed first baseman Anthony Rizzo from the injured list.