Reds’ Schumaker leaves game with injury

Skip Schumaker spent eight seasons with St. Louis and now gets to see the other side of the rivalry.

Paul Sancya/AP

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Reds utility player Skip Schumaker left Friday’s 9-3 victory against Kansas City with an apparent left shoulder injury after diving for a ball in left field.

Reds manager Bryan Price said immediately after the game that there was no word on the extent of Schumaker’s injury or how much time he might have to miss.

Schumaker remained laying facedown motionless for a few minutes after his attempt to track down a line drive by Kansas City’s Angel Franco in the seventh inning of the Cactus League game. The ball had already landed and was bounding towards the warning track as Schumaker dove head-long in an attempt to cut it off.

Franco ended up with a double on the play as centerfielder Chris Heisey retrieved the ball. After Heisey threw the ball back into the infield he began waving for trainers to come out to look at Schumaker. He eventually was helped up and walked off the field under his own power but head trainer Paul Lessard gingerly held Schumaker’s left arm while accompanying him to the clubhouse.

"The thing is you want your guys in a situation like that to make every effort to keep that ball from going into the gap, and he did that," said Price. "He made the right play. We don’t want guys diving into the wall or full-speed jumping into the seats but laying out for a ball like that is certainly consistent with what we do with all of our players. There’s no doubt that Skip is a hard-nosed, puts-everything-out-there type of guy. We expect nothing less from him."

This is the second time in three days that the Reds have had player leave the field after requiring medical attention while playing against the Royals. Pitcher Aroldis Chapman was hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez Wednesday night.

Schumaker was signed as a free agent in November with the plan that he would be a top backup in the outfield and infield. Schumaker, 34, spent last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers after playing eight seasons with St. Louis. His deal is for two seasons with a club option for 2016.