Toronto first baseman Justin Smoak figured teammate Randal Grichuk never saw it coming.
Grichuk was injured in a bizarre collision with a security guard's chair, and replacement Tesocar Hernandez hit a three-run homer as the Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Indians 6-2 this afternoon.
The Indians' magic number to lock up their third straight AL Central title stayed at five.
Grichuk was checked for a possible concussion after slamming face-first into the guard's metal stool while chasing Brandon Guyer's foul fly in the fourth inning.
Initial concussion tests were negative, the Blue Jays said, but more tests will be done Monday. He's been diagnosed with multiple facial cuts but no fractures.
As Grichuk and Smoak sprinted toward the ball, a security staffer seated along the wall stood up and backed away from the area, carrying his stool and seemingly unaware the outfielder was closing in. Grichuk slid and made the catch, but crashed into the stool the staffer was holding by his side.
"I peeked at him and I saw him sliding, trying to make a play there, so I peeled out," Smoak said. "All of a sudden I heard him get clocked with a chair in the face. Scary right there for a second, but hopefully he's all right."
Grichuk stayed down for several minutes and was treated on the field by Blue Jays trainers. When he stood up to walk off, television images showed a long, swollen mark on his face, running across his nose and between his eyes.
Smoak said it's difficult to be aware of obstacles, especially because Toronto's domed roof makes it hard to look away from flyballs.
"We're worried about each other and the ball at the same time," Smoak said. "There's no chance either of us was thinking about the security guard."
Manager John Gibbons said he saw Grichuk in the clubhouse following the game.
"He was laughing a bit, so that was a good sign," Gibbons said. "He's a pretty boy, you don't want to hurt that face."