White Sox’s Jose Abreu, Royals’ Hunter Dozier involved in scary collision

Scary moment in Chicago on Friday afternoon.

White Sox first baseman José Abreu and Royals third baseman Hunter Dozier were involved in a frightening collision after Dozier began running to first on an infield popup.

Dozier put his head down and attempted to race to the bag, while Abreu was coming in from his defensive position to chase down the fly ball. Neither player noticed each other before colliding about 30 feet from home plate.

A slow-motion replay of the collision shows it was a bit more brutal than it looked initially: 

Both players stayed down on the field after the tackle; Abreu held his head, while Dozier lay motionless for a bit before getting up.

Abreu and Dozier would exit the game after the collision. The Royals would announce that Dozier is day-to-day with a quad contusion and neck discomfort.

There’s a lot of beef in the collision: Dozier stands at 6-4 and weighs 220 pounds while Abreu is listed at 6-3, 256. Some are faulting Dozier for not getting out of the way of Abreu because he didn’t have his head up during his run to first.

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