Twins C Sánchez almost hit by teammate Celestino’s swing

Minnesota Twins wide receiver Gary Sanchez, left, celebrates with relief pitcher Caleb Thielbar after defeating the Chicago White Sox in a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Nam Y .huh)

Minnesota Twins wide receiver Gary Sanchez, left, celebrates with relief pitcher Caleb Thielbar after defeating the Chicago White Sox in a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Nam Y .huh)

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Minnesota Twins wide receiver Gary Sánchez felt lucky on Sunday after nearly sustaining a serious injury.

Sánchez was nearly hit in the head by a shot from teammate Gilberto Celestino in Minnesota’s 5-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.

The incident happened when Chicago brought in Kendall Graveman to face Sánchez with two outs in the eighth inning. Sánchez was returning to the dugout to find out more about the reliever when he was nearly hit by Celestino in the circle on the bridge.

Celestino missed Sánchez’s face by inches.

“I had a few minutes to go and ask a few questions about this pitcher,” Sánchez said through an interpreter. “I saw his bat on his shoulder just standing in the circle on the deck and so I went back to cover and didn’t notice him swinging.”

Sánchez lowered his head after the bat passed and Celestino leaned back with an incredulous look on his face.

“He almost hit me, but thank God nothing happened,” Sánchez said. “It’s just an accident. Its good.”

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Naomi C. Amerson