Twins’ Ramirez leaves after hit by pick-off throw

Minnesota Twins outfielder Wilkin Ramirez left the game against

the Los Angeles Angels in the fifth inning after being hit in the

back with a pickoff attempt.

Ramirez picked up his second single of the game with two outs in

the inning and was leading off first base when Angels right-hander

Jerome Williams tried to pick him off. The errant throw appeared to

first hit Ramirez above his shoulder blades before riding up and

striking him in the head.

Ramirez lay on the ground for a minute as team trainers and

manager Ron Gardenhire came to check on him. He was able to get up

and leave under his own power and was replaced by Eduardo

Escobar.

The Twins say Ramirez is day to day with a back contusion.