MILWAUKEE — Elian Herrera felt so much pain after colliding with teammate Shane Peterson, the Milwaukee third baseman thought he had broken a leg.
”I tried to talk, but I couldn’t. Then I started to feel the pain from inside,” Herrera said Sunday, a day after getting hurt during Milwaukee’s 9-7 loss to Cincinnati. ”I really was thinking that something was wrong, something was broken.”
With two on and two outs in the eighth, Skip Schumaker hit a looping fly ball down the left-field line. Herrera chased the ball along with shortstop Jean Segura and Peterson, who was in left field. Herrera and Peterson collided, and the ball fell between them.
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Herrera did not move for more than five minutes while he was treated by Brewers trainers. He was rolled onto his back, put on a backboard and stretcher and left the field in an ambulance. He was diagnosed with a deep thigh bruise.
Herrera was on crutches Sunday and said he is not sure when he’ll return to the lineup.
”I know a couple of days, for sure, because it’s really painful right now, and I can’t really stand,” Herrera said.
After his knee was examined, Peterson remained in the game.
Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson was struck on the head by a line drive during a game against St. Louis on Thursday. Nelson, who sustained a bruise, spent two nights in a hospital for observation and was released Saturday.
”We dodged serious injuries. Some scary looking plays for sure,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. ”It’s been a rough week.”