Plate umpire Layne hit in mask, leaves Mariners-Twins game
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Home plate umpire Jerry Layne was hit in the mask by a foul ball in the first inning and had to leave Sunday's game between Seattle and Minnesota.
A foul off the bat of the Mariners' Robinson Cano ricocheted directly off Layne's mask.
Layne stumbled to his right and was grabbed by catcher Juan Centeno, who was quickly aided by Cano. Layne was tended to by Minnesota trainers for a few minutes before gingerly leaving the field.
Hunter Wendelstedt took over home plate duties. Layne was the crew chief for the game at Target Field.