Ward, starting in left field and batting 토토사이트 fourth against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto on Tuesday, was hit in the face with a pitch in the bottom of the fifth inning. With the score tied 0-0 and the bases loaded, he was hit by a 91.7 mph (147.6 km/h) sinker on a three-pitch at-bat from Toronto starter Alex Manoa.
According to MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball (MLB), “Ward was hit near the left eye and his helmet came off his head. He was bleeding from the face and appeared to have a swollen left eye. Manoa was seen clutching his head with both hands immediately after the ball hit him. After lying on the ground for a while, Ward was carted off the field. It’s a positive that he didn’t lose consciousness, but the ball hit him in a very sensitive area and he will be evaluated further. Angels head coach Phil Nevin explained after the game that Ward was being checked out at the hospital. The Angels fell to 1-6 on the day and suffered more than just one loss.
Ward is carted off the field after taking a ball to the face against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 30. Getty Images
For the season, Ward is batting .253 (90-for-356) with 14 home runs and 47 RBIs. In his last 15 games, he’s batting .309 (17-for-55) with a .418 on-base percentage. According to MLB.com, “Ward has been one of the Angels’ hottest hitters. Losing Ward could be a major blow to the Angels, as fellow outfielder Mike Trout is expected to miss at least mid-August with surgery to remove his left shoulder blade.
The Angels recently bolstered their lineup with trades and announced their intentions to challenge for the postseason. With Shohei Ohtani continuing his “monster performance” at the top of the order, it was hard to see them giving up on fall baseball. However, Ward’s injury created an emergency for the team, and how to fill his void became a “homework” problem. Against Toronto, the team moved Luis Renfroe from shortstop to left field, with Andrew Velasquez playing shortstop.