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Wilson Ramos leaves game after getting hit by broken bat, needs six staples in head

A scary scene unfolded Monday night in Tampa when a broken bat hit Rays catcher Wilson Ramos in the side of the head, an incident that required six staples to close the gash.

Ruben Tejada’s bat shattered in the fifth inning, with the barrel flying into the left side of Ramos’s head. The training staff rushed to aid the 29-year-old catcher, and he was able to walk off the field under his own power while a trainer applied pressure to the cut. Ramos was replaced by Jesus Sucre.

Ramos talked to reporters after the game:

As Ramos explained, the helmet held up structurally, but the barrel pushed the helmet into the side of his head, causing the gash. He added that doctors didn’t detect anything more than the laceration, though they will examine him more tomorrow.

Ramos is in his first year with the Rays after a six-plus year stint with the Nationals. The Venezuela native is coming off a torn ACL that ended his 2016 season. This was just his 16th game since being activated from the DL.