Josh Naylor suffered a horrific-looking injury while leading Cleveland right-field on Sunday afternoon.
He collided with second baseman Ernie Clement at full speed as the two attempted to play on a ball struck into shallow right field by the Twins’ Jorge Polanco. Naylor flew off and when he landed he awkwardly fell on his right leg, which buckled under him. He was writhing in pain on the ground after the injury.
Here is a video of the game. (WARNING: Contains graphic images.)
Oh man … Josh Naylor just had a nasty collision and is in tremendous pain.
I probably don’t want to watch if you have a disgusted stomach. . . . pic.twitter.com/dTL5LTtNDI
– Tyler Wiederhoeft (@TDWiederhoeft) June 27, 2021
Medics placed Naylor’s leg in a cast before transporting him off the field.
Cleveland manager Terry Francona told reporters after the game (by Zack Meisel from The Athletic) that Naylor suffered a fracture and was evaluated in a hospital. Francona added that the team were unsure whether Naylor could travel with the Minneapolis squad to Cleveland.
Naylor, 24, has appeared in 69 games for Cleveland this season and produced a .253 / .301 / 0.399 slash line and seven home runs.
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MLB Twitter sent Naylor their best wishes after he left the game. This included messages of support from Cleveland and the Twins.
Josh Naylor left today’s game following a collision in shallow right field.
Please keep @ JoshNaylor44 in your thoughts. ❤️
– Cleveland Indians (@Indians) June 27, 2021
I have a stomach ache for Josh Naylor.
– C0RY024 (@ c0ry024) June 27, 2021
I am a Josh Naylor fan. Really horrible to see something like this. Pray for the best.
– CrigSteammenFanDan (@PadreFanDan) June 27, 2021
I haven’t even seen Josh Naylor’s injury and I don’t want to. Sending thoughts in his own way right now. Feeling of unease.
– Chris Rose (@ChrisRose) June 27, 2021
This injury is the worst I have ever seen … God, prayers for Josh Naylor …
– Mac Robinson (@ MacRobinson95) June 27, 2021