Michael Gonzalez tried to get in touch with Chris Dickerson, who the Orioles reliever hit in the helmet with an errant fastball in the 15th inning Wednesday night, but the Yankees outfielder was at a local hospital having a CT scan performed.
Gonzalez spotted Dickerson behind the batting cage before tonight's game, and approached him to see how he was doing and make sure the Yankee understood that there was no intent behind the pitch.
"I just wanted to make sure that he was OK," said Gonzalez who hugged Dickerson. "Obviously, it wasn't my intention. I wasn't trying to hit the guy. I felt a much better peace of mind when I got to talk to him. He understood the whole situation. He said that he knew I wasn't trying to hit him. That means the world to me. When I saw him out there walking around, I was very happy with it."
Gonzalez was immediately ejected by home plate umpire Dan Bellino. He isn't sure if he'll face disciplinary action, but he said that he'd appeal a suspension if he gets one.
"I'm definitely going to fight it," he said. "That was uncalled for. Anybody watching that game is going to know that there was no intention there."