One day after the Cleveland Indians traded away David Murphy and promoted Tyler Holt up from Triple-A Columbus, the Clippers were left with another vacant outfield spot when Tyler Naquin left the game in the second inning after crashing into the outfield wall. Naquin was chasing a ball hit by Pittsburgh Pirates minor leaguer Keon Broxton when he turned at the last second and had a nasty impact with the wall, which caused his head to jerk backwards.
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At first glance, it looks ugly, as Naquin was running near full speed before he turned and slammed into the wall, but he did walk away under his own power. It was made worse by the fact that the 24-year-old outfielder sat motionless for a few seconds while Buxton rounded the bases.
Thursday morning, the Clippers placed Naquin on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion. Replacing him in the suddenly depleted outfield will be Anthony Gallas, who has been promoted from the Akron RubberDucks.
Naquin, the Indians first round pick in 2012, is currently projected as the team’s #4 prospect by MLB Pipeline, and he could make an impact on the Major League roster potentially as early as next April. He was promoted to Triple-A for the first time in his career after tearing up Double-A earlier this season. Since his promotion, Naquin has a .255/.346/.410 slash in 187 plate appearances, complete with five home runs and six stolen bases.