West was behind home plate during the first inning of the Washington Nationals' matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday and wound up injured. Bo Bichette fouled off a fastball from Erick Fedde and on the follow-through he nailed the 67-year-old umpire on the side of the head. It was so bad West was bleeding and the game needed to be stopped.
Check this out:
And some stills:
I've seen umpires take balls or bats off the mask but I'm not sure I've ever seen one draw blood after getting tagged by a follow-through.
Obviously after an injury like that West had to leave the game. For his part, Bichette wound up doubling once play resumed. Clearly he was unaffected.