Hunter vows to play through knee pain
Bizarre injury unlikely to keep Angels outfielder out of Game 3
ANAHEIM -- Torii Hunter had an ice pack on his left knee after the Angels' 7-5 loss to the Red Sox in Game 2 of the American League Division Series on Friday, but he said the pain was gone. At least in the knee, that is."It's a little sore, but trust me -- I can play through it," Hunter said. "Adrenaline is a painkiller. I'll play through it."
Hunter hurt the knee not while playing, but while protesting. The incident took place in the third inning. Hunter, batting with two runners on and two outs, hit a slow grounder to shortstop Jed Lowrie and came close to beating the throw to first -- in fact, it was the proverbial bang-bang play. But when umpire Kerwin Danley ruled him out, Hunter jumped up in disbelief, then tumbled to the ground."That comes with adrenaline flow," Hunter said. "I'm into the play. I play like it's a football game. It's definitely frustrating when you think you're safe and we have something going right there. "I was upset at the time. Now, I'm upset at being down, 0-2." Angels trainer Ned Bergert and manager Mike Scioscia went to tend to Hunter, who was on the ground in some pain. Scioscia had to divide his time between concern for Hunter and anger directed toward Danley. Hunter got up, hobbled around enough to get the knee loose and was able to stay in the game. He added an RBI single -- his second of the game -- in the fifth inning, but he dropped a line drive in the sixth inning to take an error that did not cost the Angels a run. The Halos will face elimination on Sunday at 4:17 p.m. PT, when the series resumes in Boston. Hunter will be ready to play. "Like I said, adrenaline is a painkiller," Hunter said. "We still have a little left. As long as we've got a breath left, we're going to keep fighting and clawing to stay in this series."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.