Fans watching the Phillies take on the Giants on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball Tonight may have noticed a familiar face missing. ESPN analyst Jessica Mendoza was curiously absent from the broadcast.
But as it turns out, Mendonza’s absence wasn’t due to any sort of pre-planned lineup decision.
According to Bob Nightengale, Mendoza was rear-ended on the freeway this past Friday. The extent of the accident is unknown, but she was unable to make it to the broadcast.
Per Nightengale’s report, she should be able to return to work in a week.
Jessica Mendoza’s car was rear-ended at full speed on Southern Cal freeway Friday and won’t be able to make #ESPN Sunday Night broadcast. She likely will return in a week.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 11, 2019
Mendoza has worked for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball for five years now.
During her rise in the company’s ranks, she became the first woman in the booth for an ESPN broadcast of the College World Series and Major League Baseball.
Prior to her broadcast career, Mendoza was a softball star, earning two Olympic medals and helping Stanford reach the Women’s College World Series for the first time in school history.
Get well soon Jessica!