Referee leaves Red Sox game after being hit in face mask with foul ball

A referee working Sunday’s game between the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox left the game after being hit by a foul ball. Ron Kulpa was working as a home plate umpire at Fenway Park when a foul by White Sox third baseman Jake Burger hit Kulpa flushed in the facemask high in the fourth inning. Kulpa quickly fell to the side after being hit by the foul ball. Red Sox wide receiver Christian Vázquez turned to help Kulpa as coaches from both teams rushed in and the rest of the umpiring team came to the plate. Kulpa was able to get into a seated position and appeared shaken as the coaching staff examined him behind home plate. After finally getting up and talking more with the Red Sox coach, Kulpa was able to leave the field under his own power with the coach by his side. First base umpire Marty Foster assumed home plate duties after a 20-minute delay. in the match, which resumed with a three-man referee team. The Red Sox have not issued a statement regarding Kulpa’s condition. The Boston Bruins faced a similar incident on Friday when an NHL off-ice official was struck by a dislodged pane of plexiglass at TD Garden during Game 3 of the Bruins’ first-round playoff series against the Hurricanes. of Carolina. This off-ice official, Joe Foley, worked as the time-out coordinator, the official who coordinates the specific times such timeouts and commercial breaks are taken during the game. The plexiglass panel fell on Foley moments after the Bruins took a 3-1 lead over the Carolina Hurricanes in the second period of Game 3. Coaches from both teams immediately rushed to help Foley, and a stretcher was brought onto the ice and further medical attention was given to the official. The crowd cheered as Foley was placed on a stretcher and taken off the ice for medical treatment. He was aware, alert and moving. NHL Senior Vice President of Communications John Dellapina told NewsCenter 5 on Saturday that Foley was released from Massachusetts General Hospital shortly after being examined Friday night. “He is home and recovering and we hope to see him back at his post later in the series,” Dellapina wrote in an email to NewsCenter 5. Play during Game 3 at TD Garden resumed with a cop in the stands to maintain a barrier between the glass and the fans.

A referee working Sunday’s game between the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox left the game after being hit by a foul ball.

Ron Kulpa was working as the home plate umpire at Fenway Park when a foul by White Sox third baseman Jake Burger knocked Kulpa low in the facemask in the top of the fourth inning.

Kulpa quickly fell to the side after being hit by the foul ball. Red Sox wide receiver Christian Vázquez turned to help Kulpa as coaches from both teams rushed in and the rest of the umpiring team came to the plate.

Kulpa was able to get into a seated position and appeared shaken as the coaching staff examined him behind home plate.

After finally getting up and talking more with the Red Sox coach, Kulpa was able to leave the field under his own power with the coach by his side.

First base umpire Marty Foster assumed home plate duties after a 20-minute delay in the game, which resumed with a three-man umpire crew.

The Red Sox have not issued a statement regarding Kulpa’s medical condition.

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The Boston Bruins faced a similar incident on Friday when an NHL off-ice official was hit by a dislodged plexiglass pane at TD Garden in Game 3 of the Bruins’ first-round playoff series against the Hurricanes. from Carolina.

This off-ice official, Joe Foley, worked as the time-out coordinator, the official who coordinates the specific times when television time-outs and commercial breaks are taken during the game.

The plexiglass backboard fell over Foley moments after the Bruins took a 3-1 lead over the Carolina Hurricanes in the second period of Game 3.

Coaches from both teams immediately rushed to Foley’s aid, and a stretcher was brought onto the ice and additional medical attention was given to the official. The crowd cheered as Foley was placed on a stretcher and taken off the ice for medical treatment. He was conscious, alert and on the move.

NHL Senior Vice President of Communications John Dellapina told NewsCenter 5 on Saturday that Foley was released from Massachusetts General Hospital shortly after being examined Friday night.

“He is home and recovering and we hope to see him back in his post later in the series,” Dellapina wrote in an email to NewsCenter 5.

Play during Game 3 at TD Garden resumed with a police officer in the stands to maintain a barrier between the glass and the fans.

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