Ward hit by 147.6 mph sinker, ends up in IL with facial fractures

바카라사이트Los Angeles Angels outfielder Taylor Ward, 30, has suffered a “fracture” after all.

The Angels placed Ward on the 10-day disabled list (IL) on Wednesday. The reason: a facial fracture. Ward was struck in the face by Alec Manoa’s 91.7 mph (147.6 km/h) sinker in the previous day’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

According to MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball (MLB), “Ward was hit near his left eye and his helmet fell off his head. His face was bleeding and his left eye appeared to be swollen. Manoa was seen clutching his head with both hands immediately after the ball hit him. After lying on the ground for a while, Ward was carted off the field.

Ward in pain after taking a ball to the face. Getty Images

For the season, Ward is batting .253 (90-for-356) with 14 home runs and 47 RBIs. In his last 15 games, he’s batting .309 (17-for-55) with a .418 on-base percentage. According to MLB.com, “Ward has been one of the Angels’ hottest hitters. Losing Ward could be a big blow for the Angels, as fellow outfielder Mike Trout is expected to miss at least mid-August with surgery to remove his left shoulder blade. He is expected to require surgery, making it difficult to gauge an exact timetable for his return.

It’s bad news for the Angels, who are in contention for a postseason berth. The Angels filled Ward’s spot with infielder Kevin Padlo, 27. Padlo is batting .254 with eight home runs and 31 RBIs in Triple-A this season. While his primary position is third base, he is more of an all-around resource who can play both first and second base defense.

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