External collisions are one of the scariest situations in baseball, at any level. A show starring Cleveland outside player Josh Naylor and second baseman Ernie Clement confirmed that truth on Sunday and left Naylor in serious pain.
At the bottom of the fourth inning, Jorge Polanco of the Minnesota Twins raised the pendulum swing into the shallow right field. Clement ran away as he looked up, when Naylor noticed exactly when they were about to collide and tried to get out of the way.
Naylor turned after the impact and fell awkwardly, with his lower right leg tucked under the rest of his body. Then he writhed in pain as Clement knelt beside him and covered his face with a glove.
Naylor is kicked out of the field.
(Warning: Readers may be disturbed by the following video.)
Naylor, a former draft pick in the first round of the Miami Marlins, broke into the big league with the San Diego Padres 2019. Last season he was replaced by Cleveland and hit .255 with seven Homer.