August 15, 2022

Padres off Jurickson Profar collapses and is carted off after a gruesome collision

Jurickson Proffer looked like he was seriously injured on this play in Thursday’s Giants-Padres game. (Photo by Denis Borai/Getty Images)

San Diego Padres outfielder Jurickson Proffer left Thursday’s game after being hospitalized after a hard hit against the San Francisco Giants.

The Padres updated his status Friday, announcing that Profar sustained a concussion and a neck strain. He was discharged from the hospital overnight and is now resting. The team did not provide a prognosis or timetable for his return.

The injury occurred on a fly ball to left field from Giants designated hitter Tommy La Stella. Profar and Padres shortstop CJ Abrams both ran for the ball, resulting in Abrams running down a diving Profar at full speed while making the catch. The replay showed Abrams’ knee making hard contact with Profar’s jaw.

Both players collapsed immediately upon impact. Abrams got up seconds later, but Proffer was down and in obvious pain.

Proffer stayed down for a while, but eventually got up and tried to walk to the dugout under his own power. However after a few steps he frowned and fell down again. A Padres coach walked in front of him and went down with him after failing to catch him.

From there the situation was neither scary nor strange. Proffer had a head injury. Evan Webeck of The Mercury News. The clash lasted more than 10 minutes.

As Profer finally got into the cab, he gave the crowd a thumbs up.

The Padres replaced Profar in the field by placing Jose Ashoka in right field and moving right fielder Nomar Mazara to left. Team Later announced The professor was transferred to UC San Diego Health for further evaluation.

Proffer missing significant time would be a blow to the Padres, who have batted him in the leadoff since late May. He is hitting .242/.343/.397 with eight homers and 50 runs scored on the season.