MINNEAPOLIS -- Red Sox reliever Justin Thomas was in the Red Sox clubhouse, watching the game on TV, when he saw Twins first baseman Chris Parmelee back in the Minnesota dugout. To say he was relieved after beaning Parmelee in the sixth inning is an understatement.
"It was tough,'' Thomas said afterward. "It was obviously not my intention. I was throwing a fastball in, busting him in, and it ran off on him. Scary. I was just glad to see at the end of the game that he was back in the dugout. We were watching in here, he seemed to be doing all right. I sent a message over that I hoped he was doing all right.
"It just sounded loud. I know it hit him flush in the helmet, which is probably better, but it made a loud sound. I hope he's doing all right, and he'll be all right and won't miss any time,'' said Thomas.
Parmelee, lying face down after the ball struck him, got to his feet and walked back to the dugout with some assistance. The Twins said he was removed from the game for precautionary reasons and will be re-evaluated Thursday, but initial signs were very encouraging.