WATCH: Brutal collision results in Pirates player being stretchered off field
|Saturday, August 8, 2020, 6:56 PM- -|
PITTSBURGH — An alarming scene unfolded at PNC Park on Saturday, as a Pittsburgh Pirates player was stretchered off the field after being elbowed in the face during a brutal collision. First baseman Phillip Evans ran into right fielder Gregory Polanco while the two Pirates tracked down a foul ball hit by Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera.
The unfortunate incident unfolded with the Tigers leading the Pirates 9-5 in the top of the sixth. With both defensive players' eyes fixated on the high fly ball, neither saw the other coming. As a result, Polanco accidentally elbowed Evans in the side of the face, and Evans subsequently collapsed to the ground.
Eventually, Evans was stabilized on a stretcher with protective padding around his head and neck area. Concerned teammates looked on and offered support as Evans was carted off the field and transported to a hospital for evaluation. Although he was shaken up, emotionally and physically, Polanco was able to stay in the game.
Scary moment here in the 6th as Phillip Evans is taken off the field on a stretcher following a collision in foul territory.— Pirates (@Pirates) August 8, 2020
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Phillip Evans takes elbow to the face from Gregory Polanco...— Conrad Cosby (@ConradCosby03) August 8, 2020
Got carried off by stretcher pic.twitter.com/eOM4a0SVkx
Please pray if that’s your thing. @Pirates 1B Phillip Evans collided with OF Gregory Polanco. Evans took a nasty blow. The Pirates medical team has stabilized and transported Evans to be evaluated. A scary scene in Pittsburgh. #LetsGoBucs pic.twitter.com/dhSwa8ERY2— Justin Aaron (@JustinAaronUH91) August 8, 2020