Umpire hit with broken bat in Rays-Twins game

Home plate umpire Paul Emmel took a broken bat off his right leg

in the third inning of a game between the Minnesota Twins and Tampa

Bay Rays, but remained in the game.

Twins catcher Joe Mauer’s bat splintered when he connected with

a pitch from David Price, and the barrel slammed into Emmel’s right

leg. The sound of the impact caused Mauer to look back as he

trotted to first base while Price threw him out.

Trainers rushed out to check on Emmel, peeling the shin

protector off his leg. But after a few minutes, Emmel strapped the

guard back on and went right back to calling the game without even

walking it off.