The referee of the plate, Joe west, had to leave the field at the end of the first inning of the game played on Thursday by the Washington Nationals and the Toronto Blue Jays after being hit in the head by the bat that was released to Bo Bichette and began to bleed.
West, 67, who is the longest-serving Major League Baseball umpire, was hit near the left ear when Toronto hitter Bichette lost his grip while hitting, and missed, the first pitch thrown by Nationals starter Erick Fedde.
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Nationals coach Paul Lessard came out to see West and gave him a white towel to press against his head. The coach then left the field with West, leading him to a ramp leading to the field changing rooms and the umpire room at the Nationals Park.
The match, the last of four in a row between the teams, was delayed by six minutes. When action resumed, Vic Carapazza went from his original assignment at second base to behind the plate, and the game continued with three referees. Bichette, who had missed the previous three games with a tight left hamstring, doubled on Fedde’s next pitch and turned around to score a single by Cuban left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
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Umpire Joe West had to exit today’s game with a bloody ear after Bo Bichette lost control of his bat and hit him in the side of the head 🙏 pic.twitter.com/Hfd7fcpnIa
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) July 30, 2020