Umpire hit in face with broken bat during Dodgers-Angels game

A freak accident turned into a scary moment at Dodger Stadium Monday night when a large chunk of a broken back hit the home plate umpire in the face.

With an out at the top of the ninth inning, Angels slugger Mike Trout hit a ball that fell into flat midfield for a single. His racquet broke mid-swing, and the broken end flew back and somehow managed to find its way through a slit in referee Nate Tomlinson’s mask.

Tomlinson dropped to his knees. Blood ran down his face as he was treated by Dodgers training staff before finally walking off the field.

“I’ve never seen that in the mask,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts after his team’s 2-0 win. “That was really scary.”

Tomlinson had a cut above his eye and bruised his nose. He was taken to an emergency room, however USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports that Tomlinson’s crew say he avoided serious injury.

Plate umpire Nate Tomlinson is hit in the face with a broken bat after Mike Trout hit a single by Craig Kimbrel.

Plate umpire Nate Tomlinson is hit in the face with a broken bat after Angels’ Mike Trout hit a single in the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium Monday night.

(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

Home plate umpire Nate Tomlinson is helped by a Dodgers trainer after being hit in the face by a broken bat.

Home plate umpire Nate Tomlinson is helped by a Dodgers trainer after being hit in the face by a broken bat.

(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

Second base umpire Laz Diaz took over from behind home plate for the remainder of the ninth inning.

Staff writer Jack Harris and Associated Press contributed to this report.

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