Updates from Friday, April 4
The Angels report Don Baylor has been discharged from the hospital:
MEDICAL UPDATE - Don Baylor was discharged from the hospital this evening and is currently headed home. Get well soon Groove!— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) April 5, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, April 1
The Angles official Twitter account provided an update on Don Baylor's leg:
MEDICAL UPDATE - Don Baylor underwent successful surgery to his repair fractured right femur early this afternoon. Get well soon "Groove".— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) April 2, 2014
New Angels hitting coach Don Baylor was set to receive the first pitch from former Angel Vladimir Guerrero, who signed a one-day contract to retire with the team, but as Vlad's pitch went a bit off the plate, the 64-year-old Baylor reached for the ball, twisted his leg awkwardly and suffered what appeared to be a serious injury.
Trainers had to help him limp off the field, and the team's official Twitter feed later confirmed that he suffered a fractured right femur and will soon go in for surgery:
INJURY UPDATE - Don Baylor sustained a fractured right femur. The Halos batting coach will have surgery tomorrow.— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) April 1, 2014
Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown noted that Baylor deals with a bone-weakening condition:
Baylor was diagnosed in '03 with Multiple Myeloma, a cancer that weakens the bones. Also afflicted Mel Stottlemyre, among many others.— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) April 1, 2014
ABC (via ESPN.com) later provided a statement from Angels manager Mike Scioscia discussing the incident: "Obviously it's a freak (injury). We'll see how it turns out."
The former Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs manager was a player from 1970-1988. He played with the Baltimore Orioles, Oakland Athletics, California Angels, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins, hitting 338 home runs and 1,276 RBI.
He won the AL MVP in 1979—he and Guerrero, interestingly enough, are the only two MVPs in Angels history—and made it to the World Series in three consecutive seasons with the Red Sox (1986), Twins (1987) and A's (1988), winning the Fall Classic with Minnesota.
As Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com noted, assistant hitting coach Dave Hansen will likely take over for Baylor while he's sidelined.
As a team, the Angels finished fifth in batting average (.264) and on-base percentage (.329) last season. With Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton in the 2-3-4 spots, this team should continue to rake while Baylor recovers.