Umpire taken to hospital after being hit by Mike Trout’s shattered bat
from Chelena Goldman, with www.yardbarker.com
It is something of an occupational hazard for umpires: When you post up behind the plate, there is a possibility you’re going to get hit by something.
But that didn’t make it any less scary during Tuesday’s game between the Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers when Mike Trout’s bat shattered and a sharp fragment flew straight at home plate umpire Nate Tomlinson’s face.
Scary moment in LA.
The home plate umpire is struck in the face by Mike Trout's broken bat ? pic.twitter.com/8pieLT7mKB
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The game was delayed as Tomlinson fell to the ground and received medical attention at home plate before leaving the field under his own power. According to reports, the sharp end of the shattered bat cut Tomlinson’s face between the bars of his mask but thankfully didn’t do too much damage.
Second base ump Laz Diaz took over behind home plate for the remainder of the game.
Home-plate umpire Nate Tomlinson was taken to the emergency room Tuesday night after being struck in the face by Mike Trout's broken bat, with a piece flying between bars of his mask, cutting his face just above his eye and nose. He managed to avoid serious injury, his crew says.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) June 15, 2022
There was no update on Tomlinson’s condition on Wednesday morning.