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Twins manager Ron Gardenhire OK after being hit by thrown ball during batting practice

Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire missed Saturday night's loss to the Detroit Tigers after being hit by a ball during batting practice. He was not seriously hurt.

Gardenhire was taking throws from his middle infielders when he was struck in the right ear by a throw from Alexi Casilla.

"I was throwing a ball home, and Lexi didn't realize that I had turned, and he caught me right in the side of the head," said Gardenhire, who watched the 11-10, 13-inning defeat from the clubhouse. "It hurts quite a bit. I really got smacked."

Gardenhire had blood drained from his ear during the game, but was well enough to spend a short period in the tunnel behind the dugout.

"I went down there for a few minutes, just to get out of the clubhouse, but once the pain meds started to wear off, my head felt like it was on fire," he said.

Gardenhire passed a concussion test and said he expects to manage Sunday's series finale.