Cleveland Indians’ Josh Naylor fractured his ankle and will need surgery after collision with teammate – .

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Cleveland Indians’ Josh Naylor fractured his ankle and will need surgery after collision with teammate – .


CLEVELAND – Indians outfielder Josh Naylor will need surgery after breaking his right ankle in a frightening collision with Cleveland second baseman Ernie Clement.
Naylor crashed into the rookie in the fourth inning Sunday at Minnesota. Naylor was sprinting towards a shallow pop in the short right field when he hit Clement as the players were trying to catch up.

The Indians said Naylor had a “closed” fracture and dislocation.

Naylor spent the night in a Minneapolis hospital. He will travel to Ohio on Monday and be evaluated at the Cleveland Clinic this week by foot and ankle specialist Dr. Mark Berkowitz, who will schedule the surgery.

The team did not provide a timeline for Naylor’s return.

The impact with Clement spun Naylor, whose right foot was awkwardly planted. Naylor immediately reacted with pain, rolling and pounding his fists in the grass. His leg was placed in a cast and the 24-year-old was carried off the field on a stretcher.

Naylor, who was acquired by Cleveland last year in a trade with San Diego, has been a regular contributor for the Indians this season. He’s beating .253 with seven homers and 21 RBIs and has made several big defensive plays.

Naylor’s injury is the most recent for the Indians, who have been overwhelmed with medical problems but are only 2½ games behind the first at AL Central.

The club are also without defending AL Cy Young winner Shane Bieber (shoulder), starters Aaron Civale (finger) and Zach Plesac (thumb), slugger Franmil Reyes and Gold Glove-winning catcher Roberto Perez (finger ).

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