The baseball world is deep in prayer that Josh Naylor will be okay after the terrible incident that happened on Sunday.
The Cleveland Indians outfielder was taken off the field on a stretcher following a violent collision with second baseman Ernie Clement during a game against the Minnesota Twins.
Both players were running hard for a fly ball in the fourth inning when they ran into each other. Naylor got hit, went airborne, spun around, and landed on the ground in an awkward position with his right leg behind him.
Indians manager Terry Francona said Naylor suffered a broken bone.
“It’s hard. You saw the way he reacted. It’s hard to not react to that. Everybody’s certainly thinking about him. I was worried about Ernie, too, because Ernie had a pretty good cut on his chin,” Francona said.
He added that Clement only suffered a cut on the chin but is feeling “terrible” about Naylor’s injury.
“To be honest, it was really, really hard,” Indians catcher Rene Rivera said. “The way he reacted, it was heartbreaking, man. It’s hard. A guy like him, nice guy in the clubhouse, really a lot of energy, positivity and to see him go through that was really tough. You can tell the teammate, the full dugout was really shook.”
Cleveland would lose the game 8-2.