SAN DIEGO — Padres left fielder Jurickson Profar was carted off the Petco Park field on Thursday night after a violent, full-speed collision with shortstop C.J. Abrams.
With one out in the top off the fifth inning of the Padres’ series-opening game against the Giants, Tommy La Stella hit a popup to short left field. Profar sprinted in as Abrams ran out to the ball. As Abrams caught the ball, Profar slid on the grass. Abrams was unable to avoid him, and the shortstop’s left knee caught Profar square on the jaw.
Profar’s head snapped back, and he lay on the field for several minutes while attended to by the Padres’ athletic trainers. Profar eventually got to his feet, but as he attempted to walk off the field, he fell to the ground on the edge of the infield dirt near second base.
At that point, Petco Park EMTs came onto the field and more medical personnel attended to Profar. Profar was responsive during this time and flashed his trademark smile before he was taken off the field.
There was no immediate announcement about Profar’s status.
The Padres led, 1-0, at the time after Manny Machado homered in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Giants were hitless against pitcher Joe Musgrove to that point.