10/06/2003 8:18 PM ET
Notes: Dye concerned for Damon
Former teammate hit ball that resulted in collision
OAKLAND -- A's outfielder Jermaine Dye said the last thing he was thinking about after being thrown out at second in Monday's game trying to stretch a bloop single into a double was baseball.
By Kent Schacht / MLB.com
Johnny Damon, a former teammate in Oakland and Kansas City, and Damian Jackson collided on the play, which sent Damon to the hospital on a stretcher via ambulance.
"I was just hoping he was all right," said Dye, who went straight out to where Damon was lying and stayed there until play resumed. "He wasn't responding at first. I was hoping he would come through. You forget about baseball and you worry about the person. I played with Johnny for four years."
Dye said he felt better when Damon finally came to.
"He looked at me and responded and winked his eye at me," Dye said.
Dye said Damon has a cut over his right eye and had a bit of swelling.
"He didn't really know what happened. But right before they put him in the ambulance, he was starting to come around," Dye said.
Damon was taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland, where a Red Sox spokesman said that a CT scan was taken and results came back normal. Damon, who was reportedly awake and oriented, will stay overnight at the hospital and the team is recommending a consultation with neurologist, which will determine when he may be able to return to action.
No Foulke: A's closer Keith Foulke was unavailable for Monday's Game 5 because of back spasms.
"After the game yesterday, my back locked up on me pretty bad. I wasn't available today, but was trying to get ready for the next round," he said after the A's were eliminated.
Foulke, a pending free agent, said he would worry about next year in a few days.
"Right now, that's the furthest thing from my mind. Right now I'm very disappointed about how this went," he said.
No go on Hudson: A's starter Tim Hudson had an MRI on Monday that confirmed that the right-hander has a strain in his left oblique muscle, according to A's trainer Larry Davis.
Hudson said he tweaked the muscle during the first inning of Sunday's ALDS Game 4 in Boston and after warming up for the second, said he was unable to continue.
Before the game, A's manager Ken Macha wouldn't rule out the possibility that Hudson could pitch in relief if needed before Monday's Game 5, but the right-hander said that after further review, it was a non-issue.
"We thought about it, but after thinking about it more closely, I guess evaluating the stuff that we had doing today, I don't think I could have gone out there," Hudson said.
The injury is similar to the hip problem Hudson revealed that he had during the 2002 playoffs, but not exactly the same, according to Davis, who said last year's injury was "deeper" and more serious.
Pregame pump-up: The entire Oakland club gathered in their small weight room adjacent to the clubhouse before Game 5 for a private meeting in which Macha said some players wanted to address the team.
"(Barry) Zito had something to say, (so did) Hudson. It was good," Macha said, declining to share any more details from the gathering.
Kent Schacht is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.