Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Willy Adames left Friday’s game against the San Francisco Giants after being hit by a foul ball line into the dugout. Play was halted for several minutes as coaches and doctors tended to Adames. He was eventually helped into the clubhouse and taken to hospital for further evaluation.
The ball hit Adames on the side of the head, and after the game Brewers manager Craig Counsell told reporters that Adames was “alert and responsive all the time”. by MLB.com. He has no broken bones and will remain in hospital overnight so his condition can be monitored. Adames will be placed on the injured list on Saturday.
The practice line was hit by Brewers utility Brian Anderson in the second inning. Anderson was very emotional on the field as Adames was helped into the dugout, and he went straight to the clubhouse to check on his teammate after he was stranded to complete his at bat. Here is what happened :
Adames was replaced at shortstop by rookie Brice Turang after the inning. Turang, the club’s regular second baseman, is the most likely short-term replacement candidate with Adames on the injured list.
Adames, 27, came into play Friday with a .205/.289/.384 batting line and nine homers this season. He had played in all 51 games for Milwaukee. The Brewers acquired Adames in a trade that sent Drew Rasmussen to the Tampa Bay Rays in 2021. He is expected to become a free agent after the 2024 season.
Despite Friday’s resounding loss (MIL 15, SF 1), the Brewers retain first place in the NL Central at 27-24.