Josh Naylor suffered a gruesome-looking injury while manning right field for Cleveland on Sunday afternoon.
He collided with second baseman Ernie Clement at full speed as both tried to make a play on a ball hit into shallow right field by the Twins' Jorge Polanco. Naylor went airborne, and when he landed, he came down awkwardly on his right leg, which buckled underneath him. He was writhing in pain on the ground after the injury.
Here's a video of the play. (WARNING: Contains graphic images.)
Oh man.... Josh Naylor just had a nasty collision and is in incredible pain.— Tyler Wiederhoeft (@TDWiederhoeft) June 27, 2021
Probably don't want to watch if you have a squeamish stomach.... pic.twitter.com/dTL5LTtNDI
Medical personnel placed Naylor's leg in a cast before carting him off the field.
Cleveland manager Terry Francona told reporters after the game (per Zack Meisel of The Athletic) that Naylor suffered a fracture and was being evaluated at a hospital. Francona added that the team wasn't sure whether Naylor could travel with the team from Minneapolis to Cleveland.
Naylor, 24, has played in 69 games for Cleveland this season and produced a .253/.301/.399 slash line and seven home runs.
MLB Twitter sent well wishes Naylor's way after his departure from the game. That included messages of support from Cleveland and the Twins.
Josh Naylor left today's game following a collision in shallow right field.— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) June 27, 2021
Please keep @JoshNaylor44 in your thoughts. ❤️
Sick to my stomach for Josh Naylor.— C0RY024 (@c0ry024) June 27, 2021
I am a Josh Naylor fan. Really awful to see something like that. Praying for the best.— CrigSteammenFanDan (@PadreFanDan) June 27, 2021
Didn’t even see the Josh Naylor injury, and don’t want to. Sending thoughts his way right now. Sick feeling.— Chris Rose (@ChrisRose) June 27, 2021
That injury is the worst I've ever seen period... Good God prayers for Josh Naylor...— Mac Robinson (@MacRobinson95) June 27, 2021