Drafted, then knocked out by a 14-homer slugger’s head shot…LAA raises red flags for fall baseball

Even Taylor Ward was injured in the absence of Mike Trout.

The LA Angels lost 1-6 in an away game against the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2023 Major League at Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 메이저사이트 on the 30th (Korea Standard Time). Something more painful happened than losing the game. This is because Ward was hit by a ball in the head and collapsed.

Ward, who started as the fourth batter and left fielder, was replaced with no hits and one RBI in two at-bats. With one out and a full base in the bottom of the fifth inning, he was hit in the face by opponent starter Alec Manoa’s third 91.7-mile sinker ball. Ward sat on the ground with his face wrapped around him.

Manoa, who threw the ball, also clasped his head and was at a loss. Shohei Ohtani, who was at second base, also looked at Ward with a surprised look and a worried look. Ward, whose face was covered in blood, could not get back on his feet and eventually left the stadium with the help of the coaching staff.

MLB.com , the official website of Major League Baseball, also highlighted Ward’s injury. The media said, “The Angels are struggling to make it to the American League wild card rankings. However, he suffered more than a defeat to Toronto. Because Ward was hit by Manoa’s sinker ball. “It was a particularly painful game for the Angels,” he said.

▲ Taylor Ward is leaving the stadium in a cart.

Ward was a high-sensitivity hitter for the Angels. Ward has been playing a central batter while Trout was on the injured list after suffering a broken hip bone. He hit 14 home runs in 97 games this year and had a .253 batting average of .421. The result was better in July. He marked a batting average of 0.304 in 20 games with a 0.424 on-base percentage of 0.421.

“Word was the hottest hitter in the Angels recently,” MLB.com said. “After the game, he went to the hospital for a checkup,” he said. Angels manager Phil Nevin expressed concern, saying, “Word’s departure complicates the situation.”

▲ Alec Manoa is blaming himself after throwing a headshot at Taylor Ward.

Manoa also said, “What a pity. I’m going to watch how Ward is doing. I really hope he gets well soon and comes back to the field,” he said, expressing his sorry feelings toward Ward.

If Ward is missing, the Angels’ batters will be infinitely lighter. Not only Trout but also Anthony Rendon left due to injury. Three main players are on the verge of leaving. This year is the last year of Otani’s team. The Angels’ advance to the postseason is also on alert.

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