Padres outfielder Jurickson Profar has been diagnosed with a concussion and cervical neck strain, the club announced. He suffered the nasty injury in the fifth inning of last night’s win over the Giants. Tommy La Stella lofted a fly ball into a shallow left-center field. Profar, playing left field, came in on the ball while shortstop CJ Abrams tracked it over his shoulder.
The two players collided, and Abrams’ knee struck Profar underneath the chin. Trainers stabilized Profar’s neck and took him off the field on a cart. He was transferred to a local hospital for further evaluation. According to the team, he was released last night and has been recovering at home.
It’s a scary situation, one in which San Diego will no doubt prioritize Profar’s long-term health. The club hasn’t announced any sort of timetable for his return, though he seems likely to be placed on the seven-day concussion injured list shortly.
Profar has gotten the start in the left field for 78 of the Friars’ 84 games. He’s playing at arguably a career-best level, carrying a .242 / .343 / .397 line with eight home runs across 361 plate appearances.