BOSTON — Cleveland Indians catcher Carlos Santana was carted off the field on a stretcher with his left leg in an air cast after blocking home plate for an out in the seventh inning of Monday night’s game with the Boston Red Sox.
Pinch hitter Daniel Nava singled to right and Shin-Soo Choo fired a strike to the plate. Santana made the catch, then blocked the plate with his leg as Ryan Kalish came in sliding hard.
Santana remained on his stomach in obvious pain as most of the Indians players on the field huddled around him. Television replays showed his left leg buckled.
He was seated before being helped onto a stretcher and off the field. The crowd gave him a nice ovation as he was taken off.
"He tested well with the trainers," manager Manny Acta said after the game. "They feel he doesn’t have any serious damage with his ACL or MCL. He’s leaving tomorrow for Cleveland to get an MRI."
Santana never left the ballpark and was in the trainer’s room after the game, but was unavailable to the media.
He was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in July 2008 and started the season at Triple-A Columbus where he batted .316 with 13 homers and 51 RBIs before being recalled June 11.
In 46 games with the Indians, he hit .260 with six homers and 22 RBIs.
The game was delayed for 12 minutes.
"He made a great play," outfielder Shelley Duncan said. "A game-saving play."
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