Chicago Cubs shortstop Nico Hoerner came out of Wednesday’s series finale against the San Diego Padres with a sprained right ankle in an inning after a collision with second base umpire Dan Iassogna in center field.
The Californian Major League Baseball (MLB) star Hoerner was on the ground in pain after colliding in the first inning and was tended to by a trainer. However, he decided to stay in, batted in the second inning and struck out. He had X-rays, which were luckily negative.
This bizarre incident took place when Hoerner was running out to take the throw from Jason Heyward after Jurickson Profar hit a flyball over the center fielder’s head for a triple. The 24-year-old was later replaced in the bottom half of the inning by infielder Ildemaro Vargas.
“In the shift, sometimes you’re in different places than people are used to sometimes,” Hoerner said, as quoted by ESPN. “I was watching the ball just like the umpire was and I was on the ground before I really realized what happened. We were both just doing our jobs and weird things happen sometimes.”
“Am seeing the ball and trying to pick fielder”
Nico Hoerner further went on to mention that he’s still trying to do his job the same way. “I’m seeing the ball and trying to pick up the fielder. When I made my initial look, I didn’t see anybody. I thought I had an open road and then we backed into each other. It’s too bad that it happened.”
Iassogna stated that he checked with the Clubs’ manager David Ross during the game on Hoerner’s condition, and then checked with the shortstop afterwards.
“I know Dan feels terrible,” Ross said. “He was checking on him here after the game. It was just one of those fluke things. I think Nico’s going to be all right. We’ll see maybe in a couple of days.”