Monday, August 21, 2017

Injury Scout - Hit by Warmup Toss, Wendelstedt Leaves

Struck in the mask by an errant warm-up pitch, HP Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt left Monday night's game in Cleveland an out after the initial delay.

Wendelstedt is evaluated after a hit to the head.
With two out and one on in the bottom of the 6th inning of the Red Sox-Indians game, Wendelstedt prepared to face a warm-up pitch from Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly, which appeared to deflect off of catcher Christian Vazquez's glove and into Wendelstedt's traditional-style facemask.

Though Wendelstedt remained in the contest through the completion of the sixth inning, he departed the game prior to the top of the 7th and was replaced behind the plate by 2B Umpire Alan Porter as crewmates Bill Welke (1B) and Andy Fletcher (3B) remained on the lines.

Relevant Injury History: Wendelstedt most recently left a game due to a head injury when a foul ball struck his facemask during August 16, 2016's Blue Jays-Yankees game. Similarly, Wendelstedt remained in the TOR-NYY game immediately following the ball to the head, only to leave the contest after completing the inning.

Last Game: August 21 | Return to Play: September 12 | Total Time Absent: 21 Days | Video as follows:

Alternate Link: Wendelstedt is hit in the head during warmups, opting to stay & complete the 6th (BOS)


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