At any level of baseball, outfield collisions are one of the most dangerous scenarios. That truth was underscored Sunday by a play involving Cleveland outfielder Josh Naylor and second baseman Ernie Clement, which left Naylor in significant agony.
Jorge Polanco of the Minnesota Twins hit a check-swing blooper into shallow right field in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Clement dashed out while looking up, just as Naylor noticed they were about to meet and moved to the side.
After the contact, Naylor twisted around and fell awkwardly, his lower right leg caught beneath the rest of his body. Clement knelt next to him and covered his face with his glove while he writhed in pain.
Cleveland revealed on Monday that Naylor had a closed fracture and dislocation of his right ankle. Later this week, he will have another evaluation to establish the degree of the injuries and the timeline for surgery.
Naylor, a former first-round choice of the Miami Marlins, made his major league debut in 2019 with the San Diego Padres. He was moved to Cleveland last season and hit.255 with seven home runs.
When Was Josh Naylor Drafted?
Naylor was first drafted in 2015. Naylor was the Padres’ 12th draft selection in the 2015 MLB draft and made his MLB debut in 2019.