Reynolds: Santana 'intentionally' hit him in head

September 18, 2011 - 12:40 PM
Angels Orioles Baseball

Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter looks at Mark Reynolds after Reynolds was hit in the head by a pitch by Los Angeles Angels' Ervin Santana in the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, in Baltimore. Reynolds insisted upon remaining in the game, but was removed in the top of the fifth. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

BALTIMORE (AP) — Orioles slugger Mark Reynolds says Los Angeles Angels pitcher Ervin Santana intentionally threw an inside fastball that hit him in the helmet on Saturday night.

Reynolds homered in the first inning and was struck by the pitch in the third. Reynolds stayed in the game but was removed in the fifth inning and went to the hospital for a CT scan.

Reynolds said Sunday that Santana "hit me on purpose." The first baseman says Santana wasn't necessarily aiming for his head. But after watching film of the play, Reynolds noted that the catcher set up inside and Santana "missed the spot by two feet."

Santana said Sunday, "I don't have nothing against him. I don't throw the ball at him."

Reynolds was not in the starting lineup Sunday in the finale of the three-game series.