Tampa Bay catcher Dioner Navarro was struck in the throat by a pitch in the sixth inning during a game with the Florida Marlins Friday night.
The pitch from Brian Stokes bounced short of the plate and struck Navarro underneath his mask. Trainers, and later paramedics, went to Mr. Navarro’s aid. They eventually strapped him to a backboard and transported him to a hospital.
Please notice that Mr. Navarro was not using a throat guard!
A video of the incident is available here