August 17th, 2012 by faye
Major League Baseball umpire Greg Gibson suffered from a broken nose and a nasty gash near his eye during a game between the Los Angeles Angels and Cleveland Indians.
According to reports, Los Angeles Angels star Torii Hunter accidentally cleated 43-year-old Greg Gibson in the face during the game on Wednesday night.
Torii Hunter tried to score from first base on a double by Kendrys Morales of Cleveland Indians, which went over the head of Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo. Third baseman Jack Hannahan got the relay from Choo and threw to catcher Carlos Santana, who made a swipe tag on Torii Hunter as he came in with a headfirst slide.
Torii Hunter then tried to get a piece of the plate with his hand and missed, but his left cleat caught Greg Gibson flush on the left temple and knocked him flat. The MLB umpire did not move for a few anxious moments before getting up and leaving the field under his own power after being examined by Los Angeles Angels trainer Rick Smith.
Media outlet TMZ was able to speak to Gibson, who said that he is recovering nicely after foot-in-face collision with Hunter. The umpire added that he required five stitches to close the wound near his eye. While a Los Angeles Angels team doctor was examining him right after the incident, Gibson was told the bridge of his nose was fractured. Doctors from the hospital where Greg Gibson was taken also performed a CT scan on him, but later determined that he did not suffer any head trauma.
Greg Gibson said that Torii Hunter visited him after the game and apologized for what happened, adding that the MLB player seemed “upset and worried” about the accident. However, the umpire said that he does not blame Hunter, chalking it up to a “freak play … an accident.”
In fact, Greg Gibson said that Los Angeles Angels star Torii Hunter is one of the nicest guys in the league, saying he is “One of the princes of the game.”
Gibson added that he has another eye exam Friday morning, and if he passes, he hopes to get back on the job the soonest possible time.
The injured umpire was replaced behind the plate by first-base umpire Manny Gonzalez.