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Indians' Josh Naylor has broken ankle, will undergo surgery after collision

Cleveland Indians outfielder Josh Naylor, shown June 17, suffered the major ankle injury after colliding with teammate Ernie Clement during Sunday's game against the Minnesota Twins. File Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI
Cleveland Indians outfielder Josh Naylor, shown June 17, suffered the major ankle injury after colliding with teammate Ernie Clement during Sunday's game against the Minnesota Twins. File Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | License Photo

June 28 (UPI) -- Cleveland Indians outfielder Josh Naylor will require ankle surgery after being involved in a scary collision with rookie second baseman Ernie Clement during Sunday's game against the Minnesota Twins.

The Indians said in a statement Monday that Naylor suffered a "closed" fracture and dislocation of his right ankle. The team placed him on the 10-day injured list, and he will be out indefinitely.

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Naylor remained at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minnesota overnight. He returned to Ohio on Monday.

The 24-year-old Naylor will be evaluated at the Cleveland Clinic this week, but he is expected to miss the remainder of the season due to the severity of the injury.

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Naylor sustained the ankle injury in the fourth inning of Sunday's game when Twins batter Jorge Polanco checked his swing and made contact, sending a fly ball into shallow right field.

Clement turned and raced into the outfield while Naylor galloped to make the catch, putting both players on a collision course as they chased the popup. Naylor was sent into a spiral after the collision and landed awkwardly on his right foot, causing it to twist the wrong direction.

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Teammates immediately signaled for medical help as Naylor writhed on the field in agony. He was transported off the field on a stretcher with his right foot in an air cast.

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"It's hard. You saw the way he reacted," Indians manager Terry Francona said Sunday. "It's hard to not react to that. Everybody's certainly thinking about him. I was worried about Ernie, too, because Ernie had a pretty good cut on his chin."

Acquired by the Indians last year in a trade with the San Diego Padres, Naylor has batted .253 with seven home runs and 21 RBIs this season while manning both right field and first base.

In need of another outfielder after putting Naylor on the injured list, Cleveland recalled Oscar Mercado from Triple-A Columbus in a corresponding roster move. The Indians also recalled left-hander Logan Allen.

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