|Culbreth clutched his neck immediately.|
Culbreth and the Pirates medical staff exited the field through the home dugout, towards the Pittsburgh clubhouse, presumably for x-rays; while some suggested a broker collarbone, MLB did not immediately release the nature of Culbreth's injury. After a brief delay, Bill Welke took over behind home plate.
Coincidentally, Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke, who fractured his collarbone during an April 11 brawl (Ejections 003, 004, 005, 006: Sam Holbrook (1, 2, 3, 4)) against the Padres, returns from his injury for the first time on Wednesday. Greinke's fractured clavicle kept him out of baseball for over a month, causing him to miss a total of 29 team games, albeit as a starter he likely missed just six.
Greinke's injury also surrounded a suspension, as Padres batter Carlos Quentin was suspended eight games for his part in the April 11 fight. Greinke's injury may have played a role in him not receiving a suspension.
Culbreth's two-game suspension as a result of a botched rule application has yet to be served. Culbreth was back to work Wednesday, serving as third base umpire for the Milwaukee-Pitt nightcap.
Video: Fieldin Culbreth is struck in unprotected neck, leaves game with injury (PIT)