Saturday, May 22, 2021

Injury Scout - Ron Kulpa Leaves After Shot to Mask

HP Umpire Ron Kulpa left Saturday's #Brewers-#Reds game in Cincinnati after a deflected fastball off the mask, officially ruled a passed ball allowing a baserunner to advance.

In the top of the 6th inning, Brewers batter Willy Adames took a 1-0 93.4-mph sinker from Reds pitcher Sonny Gray for a called ball, which was deflected by catcher Tyler Stephenson into Kulpa's traditional-style facemask.

Kulpa was replaced at home plate by 2B Umpire Nic Lentz while 1B Umpire and Acting Crew Chief Bruce Dreckman and 3B Umpire Shane Livensparger remained on the lines.

Relevant Injury History: Like Danley, Layne has a significant history of head trauma.
> On April 15, 2019, Kulpa left a game after a 94-mph direct shot that eluded catcher Yasmani Grandal.

Last Game: May 22 | Return to Play: June 21 | Time Absent: 32 Days | Video as follows:

Alternate Link: Pitched ball to the center of the mask forces Kulpa's exit from the game (CIN)


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