CLEVELAND (AP) -- Texas Rangers pitcher Tanner Scheppers sustained facial bruises after he said he was sucker-punched while walking in downtown Cleveland this week.
Scheppers had cuts above his nose and bruising around his left eyes when he spoke to reporters prior to Saturday night s game against the Indians.
I m just lucky nothing serious happened, Scheppers said. Scheppers said he was attacked Thursday night. He was unavailable Friday night but said he could pitch Saturday.
Scheppers said he didn t file a police report.
The reliever said he was going out to dinner a few blocks from the team s hotel after the Rangers arrived in Cleveland on Thursday night following their afternoon game in Texas.
Scheppers said he was sucker-punched by several young males and knocked to the sidewalk, but never lost consciousness. Scheppers said he wasn t robbed and that his attackers ran away.
The 26-year-old Scheppers said he was examined by a team doctor after the incident. He said he had a headache at the time but didn t sustain a concussion.
Scheppers, who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 200 pounds, said police were called to the scene. The team informed Major League Baseball security.
I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, Schepper said.
The Rangers lost Friday s game 11-8 in 11 innings when Ryan Raburn hit a three-run homer off Jason Frasor, who was beginning his third inning of work.
Scheppers is 5-1 with a 1.74 ERA in 46 appearances.
I wish it wouldn t have happened, obviously, Rangers manager Ron Washington said. Things like this just don t happen in Cleveland. They happen everywhere.