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Umpire injured in collision with Angels' Torii Hunter

August 15, 2012|By Austin Knoblauch
  • Angels outfielder Torii Hunter collides with umpire Greg Gibson during a play at home plate in the fifth inning of Wednesday's game against the Cleveland Indians at Angel Stadium.
Angels outfielder Torii Hunter collides with umpire Greg Gibson during… (Lisa Blumenfeld / Getty…)

Who says baseball isn't a contact sport?

Well, umpire Greg Gibson certainly wouldn't think so after being knocked upside the head by Torii Hunter's spikes during a play at home plate in Wednesday night's game against the Cleveland Indians.

Gibson, who was working behind home plate, had to leave the game after being knocked in the head by Hunter's foot as the veteran outfielder tried to score from first base on a double by Kendrys Morales in the fifth inning.

Hunter, who was tagged out by Cleveland catcher Carlos Santana on the play, dove head first and reached a hand out to touch the plate, which he missed. His foot then swung by and hit Gibson near the left temple, knocking the umpire flat onto his stomach.

The spikes opened a cut near Gibson's eye, but he managed to walk off the field after being attended to by Angels trainer Rick Smith.

First base umpire Manny Gonzalez took over Gibson's duties behind home plate. Second base umpire Gerry Davis made the call on the play.

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