Being a home plate umpire is not without its risks. One of those is getting hit in the face with a baseball, which has got to hurt even with a mask on. Jerry Layne left tonight’s Blue Jays-Orioles game in the third inning after an Aaron Sanchez fastball caught him right on top of the mask.
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After bracing himself on Russell Martin, staggering around a bit, he left the game. Alan Porter took over for Layne.
This is the second time this season Layne has been forced out of a game. He took a foul tip to the jaw in June.
We’ll update this post if more information becomes available.