New York Yankees’ third baseman Gio Urshela splintered his bat on a swing, and a chip went into his eye during the second inning of a 7-5 comeback win over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.
It was a briefly scary moment for Urshela and the Yankees in their second game of a three-game series against the A’s at Yankee Stadium. The A’s took the first game 5-3 on Friday with a late home run from Tony Kemp.
“I saw just the piece of wood come into my eye,” Urshela told CBSSports in a post-game interview, clarifying the splinter merely bounced into his eye and did not stick in. “I didn’t even see the ball and where I was running. Just my eye, started to feel like a little pain. Thank God [I was OK].”
“Broken bat. It went up into his eye,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said following the game.