Class A umpire shaken

A scary moment happened in the top of the ninth inning of the Florida State League game between the Class A Jupiter Hammerheads and the Palm Beach Cardinals on Thursday night at Roger Dean Stadium.

Umpire Roberto Medina was struck in the back of his head by a throw from Hammerheads shortstop Osvaldo Martinez.

Because they had two umpires at the Florida State League game, Medina was aligned about 15 yards from first base on the infield grass. Martinez made a backhanded play and his throw directly struck Medina in the head.

Medina went to the ground for about a minute holding his head. He was tended to, and walked off the field, leaving only home plate umpire Travis Carlson to handle the rest of the game.

Before leaving the field, Medina and Martinez hugged, a good sign.

– Joe Frisaro

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