Phillip Evans of the Pittsburgh Pirates, one of the biggest surprises of the 2020 MLB season, suffered a violent collision with teammate Gregory Polanco in his team’s Saturday night game while he attempted to catch a fly ball.
After being diagnosed with a concussion and a fractured jaw as a result of the blow, the team announced that Evans would hit the 45-day injured list, effectively ending his 2020 season.
Evans was playing first base on Saturday night in his team’s 11-5 loss to the Detroit Tigers when Miguel Cabrera lifted a fly ball down the right-field line. Evans and Polanco converged on the fly ball and unfortunately, Evans got the worst of the collision.
After losing consciousness briefly, he was taken off of the field on a stretcher in what was a scary sight for fans and teammates alike.
While Evans is expected to make a full recovery, he won’t be able to play again until the 2021 season.
This news is particularly disappointing for the Pirates, who will miss Evans’ bat in what has been a dreadful season for the rebuilding club. Despite his team’s 3-12 record, Evans’ .359 batting average was one of the few bright spots that Pirates fans have had to appreciate this season.
The club called up outfielder/first baseman Jose Osuna to replace Evans on the active roster.