Angels’ Ward placed on IL with facial fractures after being struck by Blue Jays’ Manoah


The Los Angeles Angels placed outfielder Taylor Ward on the injured list with facial fractures on Sunday after a scary moment in Saturday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Ward was taken to a Toronto hospital for tests after being hit in the head by a pitch from Blue Jays right-hander Alek Manoah in the fifth inning Saturday.

Batting with the bases loaded, Ward was hit by a 2-0 pitch clocked at 91 mph. The ball appeared to strike Ward next to his next left eye, knocking off his batting helmet.

Plate umpire Andy Fletcher motioned to the Angels’ dugout for the trainer as Ward went down with blood running down his face.

Manoah put his hands on his head as he stood on the mound. It was the second hit batter of the game for Manoah, who hit Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani on the left foot in the first inning.

— With files from The Associated Press





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