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Tests come back normal after umpire Jerry Layne is hit in head with broken bat

Jun 22, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Good news. Mark Sheldon of reports that tests on Layne came back normal. However, he’ll sit out the rest of weekend series as a precaution.

8:58 PM: Scary moment in tonight’s game between the Twins and Reds, as home plate umpire Jerry Layne was hit on the left side of his head by a broken bat in the fourth inning.

The incident took place when Devin Mesoraco‘s bat cracked on a ground ball. The barrel of the bat connected with Layne, who stumbled for a moment before falling to the ground. He was unable to continue in the game, but walked off the field under his own power. Second base umpire Bob Davidson took over behind the plate.

Mark Sheldon of reports that Layne was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati for examination. He never lost consciousness and the early word is that he didn’t suffer a concussion, but John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer hears that he’ll be checked for fractures of his orbital bone.

  1. paul621 - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    I’m having a hard time picturing this–I’ve never seen a broken bat go backward. Hope he’s OK.

  2. hammyofdoom - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    It’s happened at least once before, within the past couple years in fact. The bat broke, but it wasn’t a clean break so it was still hanging onto the rest of the bat by a thread of wood, went backward and cracked the ump right in the skull. I assume that’s what happened here but I have no clue, hope he ends up with just a bump on his head!

  3. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    For a great read, here’s a post (one of many) by Jason from Its About the Money ( who’s been on a bit of a crusade to prevent a future injury due to splintered bats.

  4. randygnyc - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Thank God he’s ok. Just saw the very ugly replay.

  5. brewcrewfan54 - Jun 23, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    They make the base coaches wear helmets now, not sure why they don’t make the plate umps wear helmets like the catchers do. Catchers get clipped on the backswing and the umps arent too far behind them. Rarely happens but why the heck not be safe if thwy’re making the base coaches do it also.

  6. tacklemeelmo - Jun 23, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Umpires have the option to wear the hockey style mask that many catchers now wear, but Jerry Layne prefers the older style of masks. Watched this happen and it did not look good. He took an absolute shot to the head.. Glad to hear he is ok.

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