Padres outfielder Jurickson Profar taken to hospital after on-field collision
In the top of the fifth inning, Profar collided with rookie shortstop C.J. Abrams, who went deep into the outfield to make a play. Abrams’ knee smacked into Profar’s jaw with alarming force, and the latter could be seen in visible pain on the field.
While Abrams stood up almost immediately, Profar stayed down for a few minutes, and when he got up to try and walk it off, he collapsed, prompting medical staff to strap him onto a stretcher in a neck brace. However, Profar wanted to reassure fans as he left the field, and gave a fist pump as the cart took him away.
As the game continued, the Padres announced on Twitter that Profar is at UC San Diego Health “for further evaluation.”
This is Profar’s third season in San Diego, and in addition to becoming very popular with the fans, he’s having a great year. He came into Thursday night’s game hitting .244/.345/.399 with a .745 OPS, all significant improvements over his 2021 numbers. His 20 doubles and eight home runs (through 82 games) this year are both higher counts than he collected in 137 games last season.
Of course, none of that matters now. The only thing that matters is that he’s okay.