Watch: Yankees’ Gardner hit in face after throwing helmet

New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner obtained six stitches on his bottom lip after taking a batting helmet — one he threw on the dugout wall — to the face all through Saturday’s 6-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

After Cleveland Indians, correct fielder Jordan Luplow robbed Gardner of a hit in the sixth inning, the veteran outfielder thew his helmet upon returning to the dugout at Progressive Field. The helmet ricocheted and caught Gardner in the mouth.

Gardner said the recoil, which shortly went viral on social media, didn’t hurt that lots.

“Not as bad as getting the stitches put in,” Gardner instructed reporters.

MLB Statcast gave Luplow solely a 20 % chance of making the catch in the right-center space.

Gardner’s irritating day began in his first at-bat when he hit what would have been a no-doubt dwelling run to the right space. The ball went foul and the Yankees didn’t price until Didi Gregorius’ two-run homer later in the inning.

Cleveland slowly rallied and took a 4-2 lead by the purpose Yankees starter CC Sabathia departed the game after 5 innings.

“It is frustration building up,” Gardner said. “We gave up the lead there and then I hit a ball like that and it’s an out.”

Gardner’s batting frequent has dropped to a career-worst .217 in the midst of a 1-for-23 stoop.

The Yankees fell to 39-24 with Saturday’s loss. New York enters play Sunday tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for first place in the AL East Division.

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