Umpire injured, leaves game after collision with Reds' Billy Hamilton

Wednesday September 3rd, 2014

First-base umpire Mike DiMuro was forced to leave Tuesday night's game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Baltimore Orioles with an injury.

DiMuro was injured on a collision with Reds centerfielder Billy Hamilton in the first inning. Hamilton led off the game with a grounder that deflected off Baltimore pitcher Bud Norris, who ran to retrieve the ball and throw it to first. DiMuro was crossing behind first base and Hamilton collided with him as he ran through the bag.

Trainers from both teams came out to evaluate the two men. Hamilton stayed in the game, while DiMuro exited and walked off under his own power. His injury was wasn't disclosed, but he appeared to have been hit by Hamilton on the shoulder and landed hard on his lower back/tailbone.

"I got a little blurry. Other than that, nothing else hurt on my body. I hope he's OK," Hamilton told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "It was just a little blurry, not much at all. It was something that was going to be there for a second. I got over it."

The Orioles went on to win 5-4.

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