MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins infielder Adam Everett was removed from Monday's game against Oakland after being struck on the right hand by a Nick Punto foul ball in the sixth inning. Everett was sitting in the dugout when the ball came screaming at his chest. "I just happened to get my hand up in front of my chest," Everett said.
X-rays revealed no break. The injury was labeled a deep bruise. "At first I really thought my hand was broken because it puffed up immediately and was throbbing," Everett said. "But good news, it's not, thank goodness." Brendan Harris replaced Everett at shortstop in the top of the seventh. It continued a season-long injury bug that has hit the team's middle infield. "I was telling [Michael Cuddyer] earlier: 'If you don't have bad luck, you don't have luck at all," Everett said.
Thor Nystrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.