It was a scary scene at Minute Maid Park on Sunday as Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick ran over Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy, leaving him visibly dazed on the field. After some initial speculation regarding Lucroy's injuries and the backlash Marisnick received for the violent collision, we finally have some answers.
According to the Angels PR team, Lucroy fractured his nose and suffered a concussion as a result of the hit.
The incident occurred in the eighth inning when Marisnick tagged up from third and attempted to score on a fly ball to right field. While it may have appeared maliciously violent at first, upon a closer look it appeared that Marisnick was actually trying to avoid the catcher.
Marisnick was visibly shaken and concerned on the field, and he subsequently apologized both to reporters and on Twitter, explaining that he was attempting to avoid a collision but was unable to avoid Lucroy:
It's unclear when Lucroy will be able to return to the field for the Halos as he recovers from his injuries. Once considered the best offensive catcher in the league, the 33-year-old has struggled mightily in his first season in Anaheim, batting a paltry .237 with just 7 home runs and a WAR of -1.
Everybody is wishing the best for Lucroy after such a violent setback.