After Kyle Higashioka sent a ball to the wall with two men on in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game between the New York Yankees and Cleveland Guardians, the race was on to try and cut down the runner attempting to score from first base. There was one problem, though: Cleveland’s Andres Gimenez never saw second base umpire Larry Vanover.
The Guardians were trying to throw the runner out at home and instead nail the umpire Larry Vanover pic.twitter.com/Ju5M3VIgPC— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) April 12, 2023
Both Yankees runners came around to score on the play, while Vanover was forced to leave the game. In an announcement, MLB confirmed that Vanover was struck in the head and is being checked for a head injury “and other potential medical issues. The timeline on his return is to be determined.”
Home plate umpire Chris Guccione told a pool reporter that Vanover had a “pretty-good size knot” on his head, and was being evaluated for a concussion — but also said that Vanover was coherent and appeared to know what was going on around him. The game continued with a three-ump crew as the Yankees eventually won, 4-3.