Indians catcher Carlos Santana had to leave Monday's home opener against the Yankees with a thumb injury in the ninth inning. Santana appeared to be crossed up on a pitch by Chris Perez, as he lowered his glove as if expecting a breaking ball. Instead, Perez's fastball caught Santana squarely on his left thumb/wrist area.
The Indians announced that Santana suffered a left thumb contusion and late Monday night reported that X-rays came back negative, so Santana is officially listed as day to day.
In an unfortunate twist of fate, Monday happened to be Santana's 27th birthday.
Santana is hitting .500/.567/.885 with two homers, four doubles and five RBI so far on the season. Needless to say, losing Santana's hot bat for any amount of time would greatly hurt the Indians. Being "only" a bruise, consider this a bullet dodged in Cleveland.