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Injury Scout - DeMuth Out Early After Foul to Arm

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HP Umpire Dana DeMuth left Friday's Braves-Padres game in San Diego after a first-inning foul ball struck his arm. With one out and one on in the top of the 1st inning, Braves batter Freddie Freeman fouled a 1-0 96.2-mph fastball from Padres pitcher Dinelson Lamet into DeMuth's left forearm,...

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Not sure about staying out of the kill zone would help someone that is set up big time into the slot, much like West, but a cross up pitch inside that drills the umpire anywhere uncaught by the catcher, which does happen, will be felt no matter where it hits, and maybe, maybe not an injury.

But, and I will let you physicist's and engineers decide if a ball off the bat back into the the umpire, should be coming off the bat faster than the pitch coming in, and the meat of the bat faster than the handle of the bat, therefor causing a now faster pitch to nail the umpire, causing more damage/possible injury/or at least pain, due to the faster speed.

You will not umpire and not get hit in all different spots over a long career, or even a pretty short one, some to covered spots and still possible injury and some to non covered spots with no injury, just some pain from impact.

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