Jake Jewell’s third major league appearance took a gruesome turn Wednesday night at Fenway Park.
The Los Angeles Angels reliever suffered a serious right ankle injury in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox while trying to cover home plate on a passed ball.
Jewell appeared to slip while receiving a throw from catcher Martin Maldonado as J.D. Martinez ran home from third base, and his right ankle got caught under him, bending at a horrific angle.
You can watch video of Jewell’s injury here, but be warned: It’s pretty graphic.
Here’s a photo of the play, which shows Jewell’s ankle bending in a way ankles aren’t supposed to bend:
The frightening injury may have reminded some Boston fans of Gordon Hayward, who suffered a graphic ankle injury during his Celtics debut last October.
Jewell was carted off on a stretcher during a lengthy delay and taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for further evaluation, according to Angels manager Mike Scioscia.
“I felt bad. I kept saying, ‘I didn’t touch him,'” Martinez told reporters, via MLB.com. “I didn’t feel any kind of impact or anything like that. So I mean those are kind of the scariest ones almost. So it looked like he was in a lot of pain. Obviously, prayers to him, and I feel bad. You never want to see that happen.”
The Angels had recalled Jewell from Triple-A Salt Lake earlier that day to provide bullpen depth. The 25-year-old made his major league debut just 11 days prior on June 16.
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