Umpire Jerry Layne leaves game after taking pitch to face mask (vid)
Umpire Jerry Layne’s already-painful season took another turn for the worse Wednesday night when he had to leave a game after taking a pitch off his mask.
The incident occurred during the Baltimore Orioles-Toronto Blue Jays match-up in the bottom of the 3rd inning. A pitch from Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez glanced off the glove of Orioles catcher Russell Martin before drilling Layne in the face mask, knocking it off.
Orioles trainer Richie Bancells came out to take a look at Layne. Second base umpire Alan Porter replaced Layne — who ultimately left over concerns he suffered a concussion — and the game continued with a three-man umpiring crew.
As noted by the New York Daily News, Wednesday didn’t mark the first time Layne had a painful experience while working behind home plate. He was struck in the jaw with a foul ball while working an Atlanta Braves-Cleveland Indians game back in June.
Ouch. Talk about a tough season.