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Ump Sits After Hit in Throat

Umpire Manny Gonzalez is being held out of the Rockies-Mets game Wednesday night because he is experiencing dizziness and has swelling in his throat a day after being hit by a pitch.

Homeplate umpire Manny Gonzalez
Homeplate umpire Manny Gonzalez is helped off the field by Tony Randazzo and Head Trainer Ray Ramirez of the New York Mets after being injured in the sixth inning during a game against the Colorado Rockies (Mike Stobe, Getty Images)

Major League Baseball security officer Ron Myers told The Associated Press Gonzalez is doing very well but still has discomfort in the throat and is lightheaded. Myers added it is standard to keep an umpire out of games until he is feeling 100 percent.

Gonzalez was working the plate when a pitch from Mets starter Jenrry Mejia bounced up and lodged under his protective mask. Larry Vanover, the second base ump, took over behind the plate and the game continued with three umpires.

David Rackely filled in for Gonzalez and was the second base umpire Wednesday.

Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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