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Los Angeles Angels Outfielder Taylor Ward Sustains Facial Fractures After Getting Hit by a Pitch

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Taylor Ward suffered a significant injury during Saturday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays. A pitch thrown by Blue Jays right-hander Alek Manoah struck Ward in the head, resulting in facial fractures that led to his placement on the 10-day injured list. The severity of the impact was evident as Ward’s batting helmet was knocked off, and blood started to flow down his face.

Immediate medical attention

Following the incident, Ward was rushed to a Toronto hospital for examination. Although tests were conducted, it was determined that Ward did not sustain any vision damage, alleviating one of the major concerns. However, the possibility of surgery remains open, and the team is yet to make a decision regarding treatment. Until then, it remains uncertain when Ward will be able to return to California.

This heartbreaking incident occurred during the fifth inning of the game when Manoah’s 91 mph pitch found its mark near Ward’s left eye. The distressing situation was further compounded by the fact that this was the second hit batter of the game for Manoah. In the first inning, he accidentally hit Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani on the left foot. Reflecting on the incident, Manoah expressed deep remorse and sympathy for Ward and his family, emphasizing that such an occurrence should never happen, regardless of the circumstances or the teams involved.

A critical loss for the Angels

Ward, a valued member of the Los Angeles Angels for the past six years, now faces a significant recovery process. Prior to the injury, he had been enjoying a productive season, with a batting average of .253, 14 home runs, and 47 RBIs in 97 games. The absence of Ward’s contributions will undoubtedly be felt by the team as they navigate the upcoming three-game series against the Atlanta Braves before returning home to face the Seattle Mariners on Thursday.

Team changes in response to the injury

In response to Ward’s injury, the Angels made a corresponding move by selecting the contract of infielder Kevin Padlo. The 27-year-old Padlo, who has appeared in three games for the Angels this season, will aim to provide support and contribute to the team’s success during this challenging period.

As Ward embarks on his recovery journey and the Angels regroup to fill the void left by their injured teammate, the incident serves as a reminder of the risks faced by athletes in the pursuit of their passion. The baseball community, fans, and teammates alike send their well wishes to Ward for a speedy and complete recovery, hoping to see him back on the field before long.

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