Ronald Acuna Jr., the hottest hitter in baseball with eight home runs in eight games, left tonight's game against the Miami Marlins. He was drilled on the first pitch of his first-inning at-bat by Miami starting pitcher Jose Urena, who was ejected.
Benches cleared after the what was clearly an intentional hit-by-pitch. Acuna Jr. was on the ground in pain for several minutes, but made his way to first base.
Here's video of the play:
Acuna Jr. did not immediately leave the game, but he exited it in the second inning after taking the fastball to the elbow.
It's unclear how severe his injury is.
Acuna Jr. has become one of the favorites to win the National League's Rookie of the Year award. He and Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto are the two favorites.
ESPN's Keith Olbermann is calling for Urena to be suspended for the season as a result of his drilling.
"Let’s have a little leadership, MLB. Suspend Urena for the season and Mattingly for a week. Let the union sue. This is the revenge of the mediocre against the gifted. Enough," he tweeted.
Acuna appeared to be hit on the forearm/elbow area. Stay tuned for more updates.