Tigers' Zimmermann bruises jaw when hit by Kipnis' liner

CLEVELAND (AP) Jordan Zimmermann was back in Detroit's clubhouse a few hours after being hit in the face by Jason Kipnis' line drive in the first inning of Wednesday night's 5-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians and felt fortunate to come away with only a bruised jaw.

''Obviously it could've been worse,'' Zimmermann said. ''It could've been a break, but it still didn't really feel that great. I'm sure it'll be worse tomorrow. I'll be good to go next time around.''

Making his third start of the season, Zimmermann retired Francisco Lindor on a fly ball starting the game. The 31-year-old right-hander had little time to react to Kipnis' liner on a 2-2 pitch.

''I tried,'' he said. ''I saw it fine. I just had no chance of getting (the glove) up fast enough.''

Zimmermann was face down on the pitcher's mound for several moments after being struck and was attended to by head athletic trainer Doug Teter.

''It was terrifying and it made a terrible sound,'' Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''Your heart drops. When you go out there you never know what you're going to see.''

First baseman Miguel Cabrera fielded the ball after Zimmermann was struck and stepped on the base for the out.

An obviously distraught Kipnis crossed the bag and knelt on the first base line as Zimmermann was examined. Several Tigers' position players also knelt and the crowd of 10,872 went silent.

''You never want that,'' Kipnis said. ''Everyone's out there competing. It was a scary moment, tough guy just to walk off like that. He's got a strong jaw.''

Zimmermann, who passed the concussion protocol tests, has evidence of that. He had his jaw broken on a line drive while pitching for the University of Vermont in 2007. Doctors inserted 11 screws and several plates.

''I felt it,'' Zimmermann said. ''I went down and just felt all my teeth were there, and my jaw wasn't peeled in like the first time it happened. So I think I got lucky. The first time I broke it back in college, they put a couple plates in there and the doc told me you'll never break it again. Put it to the test tonight and everything came back just fine.''

Carlos Carrasco (3-0) pitched a three-hitter, struck out six and walked one in his first complete game this season. He allowed Leonys Martin's home run in the sixth.

Carrasco was hit on the face by a line drive off the bat of Melky Cabrera of the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field in 2015.

''I think I'm lucky because it got a little bit of the glove,'' Carrasco said. ''I don't know about him. He was hit really had. I hope everything is fine with him.''

Cleveland scored four runs in the fourth off Daniel Norris (0-1), who replaced Zimmermann. Yonder Alonso had a two-run single, and Tyler Naquin and Francisco Lindor had RBI singles.

Norris blanked the Indians until the fourth. Jose Ramirez and Michael Brantley singled and pulled off a double steal. Alonso's single to right scored both runners. Naquin and Lindor also had run-scoring hits.

Brantley added an RBI single in the seventh. Kipnis broke an 0-for-23 slump with a seventh-inning double. The Indians, who entered batting a big league-low .158, had a season-high 10 hits.

ROSTER MOVE

The Tigers, who used four relievers, optioned outfielder Mikie Mahtook to Triple-A Toledo and will call up a pitcher for Thursday's series finale. Mahtook batted .129 in nine games.

TAKING OVER

The Indians have defeated the Tigers 10 straight times and are 30-10 against Detroit dating to the start of the 2016 season. Cleveland has also won a season-high four straight games.

BOSIO

Tigers pitching coach Chris Bosio missed his second straight game because of an undisclosed health issue. Gardenhire said Bosio remained in Cleveland but offered no other details. Bosio was in the Tigers' dugout Monday night and underwent tests Tuesday after he didn't feel well.

UP NEXT

Tigers RHP Michael Fulmer (1-1, 0.68 ERA) faces Indians RHP Trevor Bauer (0-1, 2.08 ERA) in the finale of the four-game series Thursday. Bauer has not beaten Detroit since May 5, 2016.

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  • W: C. Carrasco (3-0)L: D. Norris (0-1)
  • HR: DET - L. Martin (1)
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J. Candelario 3B30000111.222.327.356.6820.5
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N. Goodrum 2B30000011.217.280.391.671-0.5
J. McCann C30000010.147.237.176.413-0.5
M. Mahtook LF30000010.129.200.161.361-0.5
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS50210001.184.245.224.4704.0
    J. Kipnis 2B51100024.109.196.152.3482.0
    E. Gonzalez 2B00000000.000.167.000.1670.0
    J. Ramirez 3B31100101.146.300.293.5935.0
    M. Brantley LF41210001.235.316.235.5516.0
    E. Encarnacion DH30000123.146.255.366.6210.0
    Y. Alonso 1B21120200.184.295.368.6646.0
    Y. Gomes C41100024.179.258.393.6511.0
    T. Naquin RF30110000.235.316.412.7282.0
    a- B. Guyer PH-RF10000000.143.143.238.3810.0
    B. Zimmer CF40100002.188.235.281.5171.0
    • a-flied out for Naquin in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - L. Martin (2)
    • HR - L. Martin
    • RBI - L. Martin (3)
    • 2-Out RBI - L. Martin (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - F. Lindor (2), J. Kipnis (2)
    • RBI - F. Lindor, M. Brantley (3), Y. Alonso 2 (7), T. Naquin (3)
    • 2-Out RBI - F. Lindor
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - L. Martin (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Ramirez (2), M. Brantley
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Zimmermann0.20000008.181.550.0
    D. Norris (L, 0-1)3.07441307.111.74-6.5
    D. VerHagen2.10002102.570.714.5
    B. Farmer1.021111014.732.73-0.5
    D. Stumpf1.01000100.001.252.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Zimmermann0.2
    D. Norris (L, 0-1)3.0
    D. VerHagen2.1
    B. Farmer1.0
    D. Stumpf1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Carrasco (W, 3-0)9.03112613.480.8734.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Carrasco (W, 3-0)9.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 7-5, D. Norris 64-39, D. VerHagen 34-17, B. Farmer 21-11, D. Stumpf 14-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 1-1, D. Norris 5-1, D. VerHagen 5-1, D. Stumpf 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 2, D. Norris 17, D. VerHagen 9, B. Farmer 6, D. Stumpf 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 110-76
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 13-7
    • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 31
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    L. Martin CF41311000.256.356.385.7408.0
    J. Candelario 3B30000111.222.327.356.6820.5
    M. Cabrera 1B40000002.220.283.366.6480.0
    J. Jones PR00000000.300.500.300.8000.0
    N. Castellanos RF40000002.273.347.409.7560.0
    V. Martinez DH20000100.241.343.310.6531.0
    N. Goodrum 2B30000011.217.280.391.671-0.5
    J. McCann C30000010.147.237.176.413-0.5
    M. Mahtook LF30000010.129.200.161.361-0.5
    J. Iglesias SS30000020.063.167.094.260-1.0
    Total291311266-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      F. Lindor SS50210001.184.245.224.4704.0
      J. Kipnis 2B51100024.109.196.152.3482.0
      E. Gonzalez 2B00000000.000.167.000.1670.0
      J. Ramirez 3B31100101.146.300.293.5935.0
      M. Brantley LF41210001.235.316.235.5516.0
      E. Encarnacion DH30000123.146.255.366.6210.0
      Y. Alonso 1B21120200.184.295.368.6646.0
      Y. Gomes C41100024.179.258.393.6511.0
      T. Naquin RF30110000.235.316.412.7282.0
      a- B. Guyer PH-RF10000000.143.143.238.3810.0
      B. Zimmer CF40100002.188.235.281.5171.0
      Total34510504616-----
      • a-flied out for Naquin in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - L. Martin (2)
      • HR - L. Martin
      • RBI - L. Martin (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - L. Martin (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - F. Lindor (2), J. Kipnis (2)
      • RBI - F. Lindor, M. Brantley (3), Y. Alonso 2 (7), T. Naquin (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - F. Lindor
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - L. Martin (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Ramirez (2), M. Brantley
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Zimmermann0.20000008.181.550.0
      D. Norris (L, 0-1)3.07441307.111.74-6.5
      D. VerHagen2.10002102.570.714.5
      B. Farmer1.021111014.732.73-0.5
      D. Stumpf1.01000100.001.252.5
      Total8.01055460---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Zimmermann0.2
      D. Norris (L, 0-1)3.0
      D. VerHagen2.1
      B. Farmer1.0
      D. Stumpf1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Carrasco (W, 3-0)9.03112613.480.8734.0
      Total9.0311261---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Carrasco (W, 3-0)9.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 7-5, D. Norris 64-39, D. VerHagen 34-17, B. Farmer 21-11, D. Stumpf 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 1-1, D. Norris 5-1, D. VerHagen 5-1, D. Stumpf 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 2, D. Norris 17, D. VerHagen 9, B. Farmer 6, D. Stumpf 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 110-76
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 13-7
      • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 31
      • 7TH INNING
        Brantley singled to right, Kipnis scored15
      • 6TH INNING
        Martin homered to right14
      • 4TH INNING
        Lindor singled to left, Gomes scored, Zimmer to second04
        Naquin singled to left center, Alonso scored, Gomes to second03
        Alonso singled to right, Ramirez and Brantley scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Erik Gonzalez at second
        • L. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Martin lined out to shortstop
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Candelario walked
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Cabrera reached on fielder's choice to first, Candelario out at second
        • JaCoby Jones ran for Miguel Cabrera
        • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Ball, Jones to second on fielder's indifference, Foul, Ball, Foul, Castellanos grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • J. McCann: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), McCann popped out to second
        • M. Mahtook: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Mahtook struck out swinging
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Iglesias grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Daniel Stumpf relieved Buck Farmer
        • Brandon Guyer hit for Tyler Naquin
        • B. Guyer: Strike swinging, Guyer flied out to deep center
        • B. Zimmer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Zimmer grounded out to first
        • F. Lindor: Strike swinging, Lindor doubled to deep left
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Kipnis struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
        • N. Castellanos: Castellanos grounded out to third
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
        • N. Goodrum: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Goodrum grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Buck Farmer relieved Drew VerHagen
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis doubled to deep left
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ramirez popped out to shortstop
        • M. Brantley: Brantley singled to right, Kipnis scored
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike swinging, Ball, Encarnacion flied out to right
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alonso walked, Brantley to second
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Ball, Mahtook flied out to deep right
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Iglesias struck out swinging
        • L. Martin: Strike swinging, Martin homered to right
        • J. Candelario: Candelario grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. VerHagen Pitching:
        • T. Naquin: Foul, Ball, Ball, Naquin lined out to left
        • B. Zimmer: Foul, Zimmer grounded out to shortstop
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Lindor grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Martinez grounded out to second
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Goodrum struck out looking
        • J. McCann: Strike looking, McCann flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. VerHagen Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to second
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Brantley grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion walked
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Alonso walked, Encarnacion to second
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gomes grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
        • M. Cabrera: Foul, Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
        • N. Castellanos: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos grounded out to catcher
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Norris Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez singled to left
        • M. Brantley: Brantley singled to shallow right, Ramirez to second
        • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Encarnacion struck out on foul tip
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ramirez stole third Brantley to second, Foul, Ball, Alonso singled to right, Ramirez and Brantley scored
        • Y. Gomes: Gomes singled to shallow left center, Alonso to second
        • T. Naquin: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Naquin singled to left center, Alonso scored, Gomes to second
        • B. Zimmer: Strike looking, Zimmer reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Gomes to third, Naquin out at second
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Lindor singled to left, Gomes scored, Zimmer to second
        • Drew VerHagen relieved Daniel Norris
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (4 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • M. Mahtook: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mahtook flied out to right
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Iglesias struck out swinging
        • L. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Martin reached on an infield single to first
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Martin picked off at second, pitcher to first to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Norris Pitching:
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Ball, Naquin grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Zimmer: Zimmer reached on bunt single to pitcher
        • F. Lindor: Lindor grounded out to third, Zimmer to second
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kipnis flied out to center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez popped out to third
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Goodrum grounded out to second
        • J. McCann: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Norris Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Alonso grounded out to first
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Strike looking, Martin doubled to deep left
        • J. Candelario: Foul, Candelario flied out to center
        • M. Cabrera: Cabrera grounded out to second, Martin to third
        • N. Castellanos: Castellanos grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor lined out to right
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Kipnis lined out to pitcher
        • Daniel Norris relieved Jordan Zimmermann
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Brantley grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Ramirez out at second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)