MIAMI -- In the midst of his hottest hitting stretch of the season, the Angels' Torii Hunter was forced to leave Wednesday night's game against the Marlins after banging into the wall in right field robbing Gaby Sanchez of extra bases leading off the bottom of the fifth inning.
Hunter absorbed the brunt of the impact with his left shoulder and rib cage as he made the catch. He went down on his back and stayed there for four minutes. The team's certified trainers arrived along with manager Mike Scioscia. Hunter eventually sat up, touched his toes and began talking. He got to his feet and walked off the field without assistance.
Hunter was diagnosed with a left posterior rib contusion. X-rays for a rib-cage fracture were negative, and he was listed as day to day.
Leading 4-3 at the time, the Angels sent Peter Bourjos in to play center field, with Vernon Wells moving from center to right.
Hunter had doubled home a run during a four-run third inning that gave Joel Pineiro a 4-1 lead. The run batted in was the 43rd by Hunter in Interleague Play over the past three seasons, the most in the Major Leagues.
Hunter has 11 hits in his past 25 at-bats, with six RBIs. He drove in three of the four Angels runs in the first two games of the series, and leads the club with 39 RBIs.
Hunter is the only Angels player to have appeared in all 76 games this season.
Hunter missed extensive time in 2009 after crashing into walls at Dodger Stadium and in San Francisco during Interleague Play. He's a nine-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award winning outfielder.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.