Cleveland's Josh Naylor carted off the field after suffering gruesome leg injury in outfield collision

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Outfield collisions are one of the scariest situations in baseball, at any level. A play involving Cleveland outfielder Josh Naylor and second baseman Ernie Clement confirmed that truth Sunday, and left Naylor in serious pain.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Jorge Polanco of the Minnesota Twins lifted a check-swing blooper into shallow right field. Clement raced out while looking up, as Naylor noticed right as they were about to collide and attempted to move out of the way.

Naylor spun around after impact and he fell awkwardly, with his lower right leg stuck under the rest of his body. He then writhed in pain as Clement knelt next to him and covered his face with his glove.

Naylor was carted off the field.

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On Monday, Cleveland announced Naylor suffered a closed fracture and dislocation of the right ankle. He will undergo another evaluation later this week to further determine the extent of the injury and timetable for eventual surgery.

Naylor, a former first-round draft pick of the Miami Marlins, broke into the big leagues with the San Diego Padres in 2019. Last season, he was traded to Cleveland and was hitting .255 with seven homers.

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Cleveland left fielder Josh Naylor (22) warms up before a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Cleveland left fielder Josh Naylor (22) warms up before a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Cleveland's Josh Naylor suffers leg injury in scary outfield collision