Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Injury - Fairchild's Exit Sees Debut of Five-Person Crew

When HP Umpire Chad Fairchild suffered a game-ending injury and left Monday's Yankees-Blue Jays game, MLB debuted its post-season push regular season five-person crew, adding call-up Ryan Additon to the field as Crew Chief Paul Nauert assumed plate duties.

In the top of the 2nd inning of the Yankees-Jays game, Yankees batter Aaron Hicks fouled a 93.9-mph 0-1 fastball from Blue Jays pitcher Matt Shoemaker directly into the crown portion of Fairchild's traditional-style facemask.

Fairchild remained in the contest through the half-inning's completion, at which time he was replaced behind by the plate by 2B Umpire Nauert as 1B Umpire Carlos Torres and 3B Umpire Jansen Visconti remained at their assignments. Additon, serving as a standby official—a fairly new concept for Major League Baseball—took over Nauert's spot at second base, preserving the four-person crew.

Relevant Injury History: Injury Scout - Fairchild Hurt in Miami (8/14/19).

Last Game: Sept 21 | Return to Play: Sept 27 | Time Absent: 6 Days | Video as follows:

Alternate Link: Chad Fairchild takes foul to head, later leaving as fifth umpire (TOR)

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