Detroit Free Press

Olson leaves game vs. Royals following hit

Pitcher ‘fine’ after being smacked by comebacker

- Evan Petzold

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Detroit Tigers right-hander Reese Olson exited Monday’s series opener against the Kansas City Royals in the bottom of the third inning with a right hip contusion. A comebacker hit Olson.

“I feel fine,” Olson said after Monday’s 8-3 loss at Kauffman Stadium. “Bruised up, but I should be good to go.”

The 24-year-old wanted to stay in the game after throwing a couple of warmup pitches, but following a conversati­on with head athletic trainer Ryne Eubanks and manager A.J. Hinch, he ultimately left game at 52 pitches.

“He could have gone, I think,” Hinch said. “I mean, he was trying. Given that it was his drive leg and the power that’s just going to go right to the shoulder and the arm, so we’re not going to take any chances. He was a little numb at that point, so we took him out for precaution.”

Olson threw a first-pitch 94.4 mph fastball to Michael Massey with two runners on base and two outs in the third inning. The ball — hit with a 101.8 mph exit velocity — drilled Olson in his right hip.

He immediatel­y grabbed his right hip, limping.

He said he blacked out for a moment. “It hurt pretty bad,” Olson said. “I walked a little bit, so I was able to make those two throws, but with how unstable my back leg was, it was probably a smart decision to make sure that I wouldn’t compensate for anything mechanical that could lead to something else.”

Catcher Jake Rogers emerged from behind the plate to field the ball — deflected by Olson’s hip — in front of the mound. He tried to make a play by flipping the ball to third base, but there wasn’t a defender covering the bag, so the ball bounced into the outfield and rolled into foul territory. The lead runner scored on the mistake from Rogers, charged with a throwing error.

After that, Eubanks and Hinch came out of the dugout to meet with Olson.

The Tigers replaced Olson with righthande­d reliever Beau Brieske.

“It got me on the hip,” Olson said. “Lower on it, maybe a touch of the bone, but most of it was the thigh right there. I have a pretty good bruise. I’ll be good to go.”

Olson is lined up to make his next start Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays at Comerica Park.

The comebacker that knocked Olson out of the game occurred one inning after he gave up a home run for the first time in 54 innings. He allowed two runs

(one earned run) on five hits and one walk with two strikeouts across 22⁄3 innings, with the both homer and comebacker hit by Massey.

Olson has a 2.16 ERA with 16 walks and 43 strikeouts across 50 innings in nine starts in the 2024 season.

 ?? ED ZURGA/GETTY IMAGES ?? Tigers pitcher Reese Olson leaves a game after being struck by a ball hit by Royals second baseman Michael Massey in the third inning Monday in Kansas City, Mo.
ED ZURGA/GETTY IMAGES Tigers pitcher Reese Olson leaves a game after being struck by a ball hit by Royals second baseman Michael Massey in the third inning Monday in Kansas City, Mo.

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