Former MLB All-Star Howard Johnson was transported to the hospital in Arizona Saturday after being hit in the face by a foul line drive.
The fifty seven-yr-previous Johnson, now the hitting teacher for the Rangers’ Triple-A staff in Spherical Rock, Texas, was standing in the dugout when he was hit by a line drive off the bat of Indians shortstop Erik Gonzalez.
In response to the Fort Value Star-Telegram, the ball struck Johnson on his left cheekbone slightly below his eye. After being tended to for 10 minutes, he was carried off the field on a stretcher.
wow. prayers going out to rangers AAA coach howard johnson as he simply took a foul ball to the face off the bat or Erik Gonzalez. #SpringTraining #Rangers #Indians pic.twitter.com/Jw1wFTJ8NC
— Zach (@zw10bc) March 24, 2018
Rangers supervisor Jeff Banister informed the Star-Telegram he noticed the ball strike Johnson.
“I might truly turned and was wanting down that means,” Banister stated. “All in all, the studies proper now are usually constructive. Clearly, our prayers are with him.”
The Rangers haven’t launched an update on Johnson’s situation, however in line with a number of stories he was awake and answering questions proper after the incident.
Nicknamed “HoJo,” the third baseman/shortstop performed 14 seasons in the majors, spending 9 of these years with the Mets. The 2-time All-Star performed on two World Collection championship groups, the 1984 Tigers and 1986 Mets. He completed his profession with 228 house runs and a .786 OPS.