SAN FRANCISCO -- It turns out the Hunter Strickland-Bryce Harper fight did leave a player injured, but it wasn't one of the two main participants.
Michael Morse was put on the concussion disabled list a few minutes before Tuesday's game and the Giants recalled Kelby Tomlinson to take the open roster spot. Morse and Jeff Samardzija collided in the middle of the pile Monday after Strickland and Harper exchanged punches. Both players went down hard.
"That’s the unfortunate thing about these brawls you have," manager Bruce Bochy said. "Guys are running in and trying to break it up and here he gets hurt trying to break things up, so he’s down for a while ... When you see those two collide, he got caught in the side of the face and jaw area. That's a big man that hit him. I'm not surprised. When you watch that collision it was pretty violent. We were worried about him yesterday."
Approached by reporters after Monday's game, Morse said he was fine, and he said the incident was no big deal. Bochy said Morse did not want a concussion test Monday, but after batting practice on Tuesday it was clear he needed to see team doctors. He was given a concussion test and did not pass. Bochy said the team is hopeful Morse can return in seven days, but "it's wait and see."
"He's not feeling very well right now," Bochy said.
Morse actually took two hits. After he went down, he appeared to get hit by another player's knee. There was one camera angle that showed Morse at the bottom of the pile, not moving very much, but Bochy said the Giants believe the injury occured when Samardzija hit him. Before Tuesday's game, Harper said he was glad his former teammate got in the way.
"Samardzija saw blood a little bit, I thought," Harper said. "I'm very thankful for Mikey Mo. That's a big spot with him coming in there."
Samardzija said the incident was "unfortunate."
"He's a big piece of the team and brings a lot of energy," he said. "It's tough to lose him. That's the way it goes."