Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick lowered his shoulder and ran into Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy on a play at the plate in the eighth inning Sunday afternoon in Houston. The Astros had the bases loaded with one out in a 10-10 game when George Springer hit a fly ball to right field. Kole Calhoun caught the ball, then made the throw home, drawing Lucroy into the third base line.
Marisnick was initially credited with scoring the go-ahead run, but replay review caused the ruling to be overturned so the score remained tied at 10-10. The Astros would go on to win 11-10 in 10 innings.
Lucroy was quite shaken up after the collision. A concerned Marisnick hung around home plate while trainers tended to the Angels’ backstop. Lucroy was carted off the field. The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya reports that Lucroy was taken to a nearby hospital for a CT scan and will be evaluated for both a concussion and a broken nose.
Angels manager Brad Ausmus, a former catcher himself, said he hopes the league takes a look at the collision and considers potentially suspending Marisnick, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. Ausmus is right — Marisnick could’ve gone towards the back of the plate rather than going into Lucroy, who clearly gave Marisnick a clear lane. The collision was completely unnecessary and quite dangerous. Fingers crossed that Lucroy wasn’t hurt too bad, but it looked painful.
Update: Marisnick tweeted after the game, “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.”