Home Plate Umpire Diagnosed With Concussion In Game 3

Alec Gearty
October 15, 2019 - 6:48 pm

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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Home Plate umpire Jeff Nelson was diagnosed with a concussion during the Astros 4-1 on Tuesday, the Yankees announced

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Nelson exited Game 3 of the AL Championship series between the Yankees and Astros after taking a foul ball off of his mask on two separate occasions. The umpire's exit caused a nearly 20 minute delay as he was removed from the game and replaced by umpire Kerwin Danley.

In the third inning, Astros' Yuli Gurriel clipped Nelson directly in the mask. Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez immediately checked on the umpire, who reiterated, "I'm good."

Nelson was struck in the following inning during Martín Maldonado's at-bat. Nelson completed the inning, but would not finish the game. He didn't appear on the field for the fifth inning, creating the lengthy delay as the crew was shuffled around. 

Members of the Yankees outfield head into the team's bullpen to pass the time; while the Yankees' starting pitcher Luis Severino waited to take the mound. After Severino allowed the first two batters in the inning to reach base, the delay seemingly disrupting his start, Chad Green came into the game in relief. 

Nelson's concussion will keep him sidelined and he won't return for the remainder of the postseason, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale