The collision that knocked out Brandon Crawford from this game. pic.twitter.com/u0zJ5upLbW
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) August 14, 2018
The Giants have struggled with injuries all season long. Tonight, they’re hoping to avoid another. In the bottom of the fourth inning, with a runner at first and two outs, Clayton Kershaw hit a blooping ball to the triangle in left field.
Both Brandon Crawford and Gorkys Hernandez came charging in from shortstop and left field, respectively. As both players sprinted for the ball, they crashed into each other at full speed. Crawford’s head came into contact with what appeared to be Hernandez’s knee, while Hernandez clutched his right wrist after the play.
While a run scored, Crawford managed to get up and throw the ball to third to catch Kershaw trying to advance to third. Both Crawford and Hernandez batted in the top of the fifth inning after discussions with Dave Groeschner, the Giants senior director of athletic training.
But after Crawford returned to the dugout, he talked with Groeschner again and came out of the game for Alen Hanson to be tested for a possible concussion. It is currently unclear what Crawford’s status is.