Astros' Álvarez, Peña hurt in collision chasing Mets popup

Houston Astros' Yordan Alvarez (44) collides with Jeremy Pena, left, while trying to catch a fly ball hit by New York Mets' Dominic Smith during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 29, 2022, in New York. Looking on at right is Astros' Jake Meyers. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

NEW YORK (AP) — Houston left fielder Yordan Álvarez and shortstop Jeremy Peña were hurt when they collided in the eighth inning of Wednesday's game against the New York Mets while running down a popup.

With Peña shifted to the right side and the game scoreless, Dominic Smith popped the ball into short left. Both called for the ball and as Peña caught the pop, each hit the other in the face with his glove.

Both fell to the field and needed assistance. Álvarez was removed on a cart, sitting up, and Peña walked back to the dugout.

Chas McCormick replaced Álvarez, and Mauricio Dubón took over for Peña, who initially wanted to remain in the game.

Play resumed after a delay of about eight minutes.


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