A freak accident turned into a scary moment Monday night at Dodger Stadium, when a large piece of a broken back struck the home plate umpire in the face.
With one out in the top of the ninth inning, Angels slugger Mike Trout whacked a ball that dropped into shallow center field for a single. His bat broke during the swing, and the broken end flew back and somehow managed to find its way through a slit in umpire Nate Tomlinson’s mask.
Tomlinson went down on his knees. Blood trickled down his face as he was treated by the Dodgers training staff before eventually walking off the field.
“Never seen that in the mask,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said following his team’s 2-0 win. “That was really scary.”
Tomlinson had a cut above his eye and injured his nose. He was taken to an emergency room, but Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Tomlinson’s crew says he avoided major injury.
Second base umpire Laz Diaz took over behind home plate for the rest of the ninth inning.
Staff writer Jack Harris and the Associated Press contributed to this report.