CLEVELAND -- Orioles reliever Matt Lindstrom left the game in the eighth inning of Friday night's 10-2 win over the Indians after taking a line drive off his left knee. Lindstrom said he was evaluated by the team's medical staff after exiting the game, and he said he expects to be OK.
"It doesn't feel too bad," he said. "It's a little sore. I just gotta ice [it] and wear a sleeve to keep the swelling down."
The injury occurred when Indians left fielder Johnny Damon smacked a ball back up the middle with a runner on first in the eighth. Lindstrom tried to get to the ball with his glove, but instead it ricocheted off the inside of his knee and rolled into foul territory. Lindstrom limped around near the mound before being pulled from the game.
"It was more muscle than bone, so it's looking pretty good right now," said Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "Even though we may have dodged a bullet as a pitching staff, he didn't dodge a bullet, I can tell you that."
Added Lindstrom: "Johnny gave me a souvenir -- I've got the laces tattooed on the inside of my knee."