Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Injury Scout - Fieldin Culbreth Departs on Foul to Jaw

Fieldin Culbreth exited Tuesday's game in Anaheim after taking a foul ball off the lower right jaw.

In the bottom of the 3rd inning of the Astros-Angels game, batter Shohei Ohtani fouled a 99.4-mph 0-2 fastball from Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole into the lower right portion of Culbreth's traditional-style facemask.

2B Umpire CB Bucknor replaced Culbreth behind home plate with 1B Umpire Chris Conroy and 3B Umpire Brian O'Nora as the two field umpires. O'Nora served as acting crew chief in Culbreth's absence.

Relevant Injury History: In 2015, Culbreth exited his assignment in Arizona after sustaining a concussion as the result of a foul ball to the left side of his mask in the first inning of July 5's Rockies-Diamondbacks game. Culbreth had remained in the game in the immediate aftermath of the head injury, but departed the game in the bottom of the 2nd.
Related PostFieldin Culbreth Leaves Game with Mild Concussion (7/5/15).

Exactly five years ago to the day, Culbreth left an extra-inning game in Pittsburgh after a foul ball wedged between his facemask and chest protector.
Related PostCulbreth Leaves Game with 11th Inning Collarbone Injury (5/15/13).

Last Game: May 15 | Return to Play: TBD | Time Absent: TBD | Video as follows:
Alternate Link: Ohtani foul ball ricochets off Culbreth's mask in the 3rd (LAA)

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