During Tuesday night’s game against the Marlins, a scary moment occurred in the seventh inning when an errant swing almost seriously injured a Dodgers player.
In the midst of his third at-bat of the night, Marlins catcher Nick Fortes struck Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes in the head with his backswing after a swing and a miss.
Barnes was visibly shaken after the impact but was able to stay in the game for the rest of the inning. Barnes was eventually taken out of the game when it was his turn to bat.
After the game, Barnes mentioned that he’s never been a part of a play like that where he suffered an injury with a backswing.
“It got me good. Really squared me up,” Barnes said. “I’ve never been hit like that before.”Via Orange County Register
Following the game, it was revealed that Barnes had a bruise on the left side of his head but never showed any concussion symptoms. The Dodgers are allowing Barnes to take the day to see if any symptoms occur and he will be reevaluated again on Wednesday.
This is not the first time this year a Dodgers catcher has been injured on a backswing. Earlier in the season, Will Smith was struck by an errant bat from Marcell Ozuna of the Braves in Atlanta.
This caused some controversy as Smith had some words for Ozuna when he got back in the box.
Luckily for the Dodgers, this time around there were not as many sparks that flew as a result of this play. As a fellow catcher, Fortes was apologetic and Barnes took no offense to the swing.
Barnes is in the midst of a rough season behind the plate as well as on offense. He is hitting .165 on the season and has only caught 5% of runners stealing this season which is the worst in the league.
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