While there was much to celebrate in the Cleveland Indians' 15-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre Wednesday night, two incidents in the fifth inning dampened the joyful spirits in the clubhouse.
Left fielder Michael Brantley led off the inning with a sharply hit double to right field, but was lifted after the half inning because of lower back stiffness. Then, his replacement, Nyjer Morgan, injured his right knee while tracking a double down the left-field line off the bat of Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind.
In the top of the sixth inning, Morgan was replaced by infielder Jose Ramirez.
"Michael had mid, lower back tightness; it was just precautionary with him," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "Nyjer banged his knee on that ball and we need to see how he shows up in the morning. That's probably the best thing we can do. I don't think we know anything more than we'll know tomorrow when he wakes up and we see how sore he is."
Francona said he was not sure when Brantley first experienced the discomfort, and doesn't know if his left fielder will be ready to play in tomorrow's series finale.
"I haven't really gotten there yet, Francona said. "We'll see. He didn't do it on one, specific play. I think he just kind of felt it. Things were moving quick there. We tried to figure out if we were going to take him out, and then, somebody makes an out. I just wanted him to come out and get treatment."
Morgan looked as though he had a chance to make a play on Lind's double, but as he approached the ball, he elected not to dive to attempt a catch, and instead, slipped on the Astroturf.
"It was one of those plays where I wanted to go and dive for it, and my knee hit the ground when I pulled up a little bit," Morgan said. "I knew I wasn't going to get to it, and instead of doing the 20-foot dive, I just pulled up. My knee hit the ground, and I was fine at the time.
"When (Toronto second baseman Brett) Lawrie came up the next at-bat and he hit that ball into the gap, at that first step, that's when I felt something.
"That's why I'd rather play on real grass. I don't like this. I've just got to wait. I wish I had more for y'all, but I've just got to wait and go from there."
Like Brantley, Morgan will have to play the waiting game to see how much of an issue his injury will be.
"I hope it's not significant," Morgan said. "I hope it's not a problem. We've got to wait and just see where it goes from there."