Umpire taken to hospital after being hit with Mike Trout’s broken bat
A scary scene unfolded late in Tuesday night’s game between the Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers when Mike Trout’s broken bat struck the home plate umpire in the face.
Trout broke his bat on a single to center field in the top of the ninth. The top part of the bat hit home plate umpire Nate Tomlinson in the face. Tomlinson was incredibly unlucky, as the sharp part of the wood somehow got through the opening in his mask and hit him in the nose/eye area.
Scary moment in LA.
Home plate umpire accidentally takes Mike Trout’s bat to the face. Hope nothing is serious. pic.twitter.com/ucicAzE0i2
— Seattle Sports Diaries Podcast (@SEASportDiaries) June 15, 2022
Tomlinson stayed down for a while and was bleeding from the face. Trainers tended to him before he left the game. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale says Tomlinson was taken to an emergency room and treated but managed to avoid a serious injury.
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
The injury was an unfriendly remainder that masks don’t protect against everything. We’re glad to hear Tomlinson is going to be fine.