GOODYEAR, Ariz. — On Saturday, the Indians had their final tune-up before Cactus League play gets underway on Sunday. But what was supposed to be a three-inning intrasquad scrimmage was cut to two-and-a-half frames because Anthony Gose did not take the mound as expected.
Gose was driving on Interstate 10 on Friday night when he was rear-ended by another car in traffic. Indians manager Terry Francona said that Gose did not need to go to the hospital after the team’s trainers and doctors checked in with him.
“He was stuck in traffic, and he saw the lady coming behind him,” Francona said. “She hit him pretty good. We got news of that last night. The first thing, we knew he was OK. But we knew he was a little bit sore. And we were a little concerned that he’d show up today and be more sore.”
Although Gose still wanted to pitch in Saturday’s intrasquad, the Indians talked to him about playing this safe, avoiding any potential flare-ups that could’ve happened if he toed the rubber, and Gose understood.
“We’ll slot him back in here the next couple of days,” Francona said. “We just wanted to let him catch his breath. Just make sure everything’s OK.”
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