Pedro Baez left Tuesday night’s game with the Tampa Bay Rays after getting struck with a 103mph liner off the bat of Rays’ shortstop Willy Adames.
#Dodgers Pedro Baez is leaving the game. Needs to be helped off the field. Barely putting weight on his right leg. Ball appeared to hit him on the knee.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) May 22, 2019
He was not able to put any real weight on the leg and was helped off the field by both trainers and manager Dave Roberts.
The Dodgers officially are calling it a “right upper leg contusion”, per Jorge Castillo of the LA Times, but we will continue to monitor the situation. At first glance, it looked like an IL situation, but more will come as the knee is tested. According to recent reports, the x-rays came back negative on his knee.
One thing is certain, it was the furthest from pretty.
The sound of that liner hitting Pedro Baez’s knee was loud, and gross
— Eric Stephen (@ericstephen) May 22, 2019
Baez was in the midst of a 2019 campaign where he was posting a 2.98 ERA and 2.45 FIP. He has been one of the bullpen stalwarts to begin the season and any loss of Baez weakens the bullpen substantially.