Cleveland outfielder Josh Naylor avoided a full-on collision with second baseman Ernie Clement on Sunday. But the worst was yet to come.
As the two teammates rushed to catch a check-swing blooper by Minnesota’s Jorge Polanco, Naylor spun to avoid the impact. His lower leg got caught under him as he fell, and his ankle twisted and snapped. Several outlets described the injury as “gruesome.”
“Everybody’s certainly thinking about him,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona told reporters afterward, as seen above. “He’ll be in the best care possible.”
Naylor was expected to return to Cleveland Monday to see a specialist for further examination, Reuters reported.
Here’s a slow-motion replay, but be warned that it’s TOUGH TO WATCH:
Oh man…. Josh Naylor just had a nasty collision and is in incredible pain.
Probably don’t want to watch if you have a squeamish stomach…. pic.twitter.com/dTL5LTtNDI
— Tyler Wiederhoeft (@TDWiederhoeft) June 27, 2021
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