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.
MEDICAL UPDATE: Lucroy sustained a concussion and a fractured nose. He will see an ENT after the swelling has subsided, post all star break, to address the fracture.— Angels PR (@LAAngelsPR) July 8, 2019
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.
This was bad. Jake Marisnick vs Jonathan Lucroy pic.twitter.com/DmE7uHC16r— Brian Perroni (@Perroni247) July 7, 2019
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:
Through my eyes I thought the play was going to end up on the outside of the plate. I made a split second decision at full speed to slide head first on the inside part of the plate. That decision got another player hurt and I feel awful. I hope nothing but the best for @JLucroy20— Jake Marisnick (@JSMarisnick) July 8, 2019
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.