Jays' Thames "got off lucky"

Eric Thames of the Blue Jays injures himself Sunday when he fouls a ball off his left eye in the...

Eric Thames of the Blue Jays injures himself Sunday when he fouls a ball off his left eye in the seventh inning. (Jack Boland / Toronto Sun)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:41 PM ET

Eric Thames figured prominently Sunday in the Blue Jays’ win over the Yankees, from his diving, back-to-the-plate catch of an Eduardo Nunez liner that ended the third inning, to his sacrifice fly that scored the third run, to the bizarre foul ball off his own bat that hit him in the eye.
“I got away with a little something there,” Thames said of the scary moment when the ball hit him right in the eye, splitting his eyelid open.
“I’ve seen similar players who’ve broken cheek bones, stuff like that. I got off lucky. It looks worse than it actually is. We’ll see how it is (Monday).”
Because of the immediate swelling, manager John Farrell removed Thames from the game immediately for precautionary reasons.
“He’s come a long way in left field,” Farrell said of Thames.
“He’s a tireless worker. There have been some times when it was a little touch and go but through the repetition he’s instinctively getting better reads on balls.”
“Nobody wants to be labelled a defensive liability,” Thames said. “I take a lot of pride in being able to make a play for the team.”
DRABEK SHARP
Farrell liked what he saw of Kyle Drabek during the righthander’s two scoreless innings of relief Saturday.
“He had an aggressive overall approach,” Farrell said. “He threw curve balls for strikes and to finish guys off. The body language presents that he’s not trying to manage through six or seven innings. He’s attacking the strike zone and just letting his stuff play.
Farrell said there may be an opportunity for Drabek to get a start before the end of the season.
TOP CATS
After losing the first game of the championship series to Richmond, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats swept the next three to win the double-A Eastern League title Saturday, with a 4-3 victory in Game 4.
Anthony Gose scored from first base in the eighth inning on a single and error by the Richmond right fielder with the decisive run.


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