Sunday, September 18, 2016

Injury - Brian O'Nora Out on Hit to Facemask

Umpire Brian O'Nora, struck in the mask by a Hunter Pence foul ball, exited Sunday's Cardinals-Giants game.

With none out in the bottom of the 2nd inning, Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes threw a 95-mph fastball that Giants batter Pence fouled off of Cards catcher Yadier Molina's glove and into O'Nora's traditional-style facemask, resulting in a reported concussion.

O'Nora was replaced for the remainder of the contest behind the plate by 2B Umpire and Acting Crew Chief Laz Diaz with Doug Eddings and Cory Blaser holding their positions at first and third base, respectively.

In April 2013, O'Nora suffered an intestinal tear while working home plate in New York, resulting in May's medical leave. Later that season, O'Nora received a fastball's direct shot to the throat guard and chest protector in Boston, but remained in that game. It was the same August 18, 2013 game in which O'Nora ejected Yankees Manager Joe Girardi for arguing warnings following Ryan Dempster's plunking of Alex Rodriguez in the midst of baseball's performance-enhancing drugs investigation.

Alternate Link: Pence's foul ball strikes O'Nora's chin off Yadier's glove in the 2nd (SF)


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