Los Angeles Angels outfielder Taylor Ward, 30, has been placed on the disabled list after being hospitalized after being struck by a sand dune in the head.
The Angels placed Ward on the 10-day disabled list with a facial fracture ahead of the team’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Tuesday.
Ward was struck in the head by a sinker thrown by opposing starter Alec Manoa in the top of the fifth inning of a game against the same team at the same venue the previous day.
He was immediately taken to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a facial fracture. He was released from the hospital and a decision on his treatment will be made at a later date.
“I talked to him after the game last night and he was fine,” Angels manager Phil Nevin said in an interview ahead of Game 31.
It’s unclear how long it will take him to return, but the worst seems to have been averted. “Fortunately, his vision is fine,” Nevin said, adding that the facial fracture didn’t cause any vision damage.
Manoa, who was in shock after the dune, reached out to Nevin directly after the game. Nevin added that several other players had reached out to him to wish him well.
“Our trainers did a great job yesterday,” Nevin said. They reacted appropriately, as they have all season,” Nevin said, praising the club’s trainers for their quick response to protect the players.
“Injuries happen,” he said. “When a player gets injured, it’s our job to get them back on the field as fully as possible,” he said, adding that he was resilient in the face of unexpected injury setbacks. “The guys are fine,” he said when asked about the team’s mood.
The Angels have struggled offensively, scoring just two runs in the two games of the series. “We haven’t been scoring a lot lately,” Nevin said. That happens to every team. 스포츠토토 Our hitters are continuing to work on their approach with our hitting coach,” Nevin said, emphasizing that the hitters are putting in a lot of work.
Meanwhile, the Angels called up infielder Kevin Padlo to fill Ward’s void.