Cabrera OK after nasty face-first collision

By Daniel Popper

WASHINGTON – There was a scary moment at Nationals Park in the bottom of the third inning Monday night when Asdrubel Cabrera smashed face-first into the leg of D-backs shortstop Didi Gregorious while sliding into second base. The incident proved not as serious as it originally appeared, though, as Cabrera stayed in the game for the remainder of the Nationals’ 5-4 extra-innings victory.

Cabrera reached on a one-out single before Jordan Zimmermann attempted a sacrifice bunt. Left-hander Vidal Nuno pounced off the mound, fielded and fired to second for the force out. The collision happened as Cabrera was trying to break up the double play. Gregorious’ shin connected flush with Cabrera’s nose and mouth.

The first thing Cabrera did was check to make sure he hadn’t lost any teeth. After that, he laid on his stomach for a brief moment before trainer Lee Kuntz trotted onto the field to attend to the injured second baseman. Cabrera eventually walked off the field under his own power.

“As soon as he hit me, I just touched my teeth to see if they were still there or not,” Cabrera said. “I had a headache for the first two innings after that. But after that, I was fine.”

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