O'Nora was injured in the bottom of the second inning when Olivo's bat snapped on a groundout to shortstop. With blood pouring down his face, O'Nora rushed to Kansas City's dugout, where Jose Guillen quickly covered the umpire's head with a towel. O'Nora came out of the game and was treated by Kansas City trainer Nick Swartz. The Royals later announced that the umpire had a small cut on his forehead and was taken to St. Luke's Hospital for further evaluation.
Buster Olney, ESPN:
[The maple-bat issue] ...needs to be addressed ASAP, because something really, really awful is just one pitch away from happening while the chances of something awful could be greatly diminished. Pirates coach Don Long was gouged in the face by a broken bat in April, and this is what everybody knows: His injury could have been much, much worse.
Curtis Granderson, ESPN:
The major concern is with fans. There usually is very little room to escape from flying objects coming into the stands. One suggestion is to extend the netting from the home plate area down the first- and third-base lines.
A small cut? From getting hit by a piece of wood? And now it's time to coat the entire sport in protective netting? Are you fricking kidding me?
Right. And then there's Cycling:
Guy who fell off the bridge? He's starting the Tour. Yo, baseball... HTFU!!!