Getz leaves game with rib injury

Getz leaves game with rib injury

Getz leaves game with rib injury
KANSAS CITY -- Royals second baseman Chris Getz left Wednesday night's game in the seventh inning with a left rib contusion that is not considered to be serious. X-rays were negative.

It was, however, painful and left Getz feeling breathless.

"It felt like I was shot in the chest," Getz said.

Getz was injured during a fifth-inning play. The Orioles' Chris Davis, who got a single as his grounder bounced off first base, collided with Getz after he passed the bag. Getz was in the area as he tried unsuccessfully to field the ball which he deflected to first baseman Eric Hosmer. Getz's momentum carried him into Davis' path.

"You're continuing through on a do-or-die play and, obviously, the runner's coming through, but you don't think that," Getz said. "He got me pretty good and the breathing got affected, but I'll feel better tomorrow."

Getz played two innings after the collision before being replaced at second base by Irving Falu, who finished the 15-inning, 4-3 loss to the Orioles.

Manager Ned Yost said that Getz probably could play on Thursday afternoon but, with the Orioles starting left-hander Brian Matusz, right-handed-hitting Johnny Giavotella will start at second base.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.