Scary moment in Chicago on Friday afternoon.
White Sox first baseman José Abreu and Royals third baseman Hunter Dozier were involved in a frightening collision after Dozier started running first on a pop-up.
Dozier lowered his head and tried to run for the sack, while Abreu returned from his defensive position to chase the ball away. Neither player noticed each other until they collided about 30 feet from home plate.
A slow-motion replay of the collision shows that it was a bit more brutal than it initially appeared:
Both players remained on the field after the tackle; Abreu held his head, while Dozier stood still for a moment before getting up.
Abreu and Dozier would leave the game after the collision. The Royals initially announced that Dozier was on a day-to-day basis with a quadruple contusion and neck discomfort, but then placed him on the seven-day concussion injured list.
The White Sox said (by MLB.com) that Abreu suffered a facial contusion and laceration and a bruised knee. Manager Tony La Russa has told reporters Abreu will not be playing in the second game of Friday’s day-to-night doubles match and is day-to-day beyond that.
There is a lot of beef in the collision: Dozier stands at 6-4 and weighs 220 pounds while Abreu is listed at 6-3, 256. Some criticize Dozier for not moving away from Abreu because ‘he didn’t have his head during his run to the first.