DETROIT — Plate umpire Mike Everitt has left a game between the Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates after being hit in the mask by a pitch.
The game on Friday was delayed a few minutes in the eighth inning because of the injury.
Pirates reliever George Kontos threw a pitch that sailed past catcher Francisco Cervelli and caught Everitt. The crew chief stayed on his feet, with Cervelli helping steady him, and rolled his neck around a bit. Everitt eventually left the field.
Tony Randazzo, who had been umpiring second base, took over behind the plate after Everitt’s departure and the game continued with three umps.
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