Umpire Manny Gonzalez sits out day after being hit in throat by pitch during Rockies-Mets game
NEW YORK – Umpire Manny Gonzalez is being held out of the Rockies-Mets game Wednesday night because he is experiencing dizziness and has swelling in his throat a day after being hit by a pitch.
Major League Baseball security officer Ron Myers told The Associated Press Gonzalez is doing very well but is still experiencing discomfort in the throat and is lightheaded. Myers added it is standard to keep an umpire out of games until he is feeling 100 percent.
Gonzalez was working the plate when a pitch from Mets starter Jenrry Mejia bounced up and lodged under his protective mask. Crew chief Larry Vanover, the second base ump, took over behind the plate and the game continued with three umpires.
David Rackely filled in for Gonzalez and was the second base ump Wednesday.