Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 8/16/12

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Umpire Greg Gibson left Wednesday’s Angels-Indians game after being spiked near the eye by Torii Hunter on a freak play.

Hunter was attempting to score from first on a double by Kendrys Morales in the bottom of the fifth. As he went diving into home plate, he angled his body away from home plate to try and avoid the tag from catcher Carlos Santana. Hunter’s right leg flew into the air and his cleat caught home plate umpire Greg Gibson in the side of the head.

Gibson began bleeding near his left eye immediately after being spiked by Hunter’s cleat. He was treated by a medical team and exited the game, leaving the umpiring crew down a man. Umpire Manny Gonzalez moved from first to home to replace Gibson.

We frequently get on umpires for making horrible calls like this one, but Wednesday’s incident is a reminder that the job — especially for umpires behind the plate — has its hazards.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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