Dozier hit a pop-up just in front of home plate in the top of the second. Abreu, the reigning American League MVP, came down the first base line to converge on the ball. As he did that, Dozier started jogging toward first and around White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal. As Dozier rounded Grandal, he put his head down and seemingly didn’t see Abreu in his way. And then he and Abreu ran straight into each other.
Both players were immediately tended to by trainers as they remained on the ground and subsequently left the game. Each player was very clearly shaken up. Abreu walked to the dugout with the help of two others.
Grandal moved to first base to replace Abreu, while Hanser Alberto came into the game for the Royals to play third in Dozier’s absence.
Friday’s afternoon game was a makeup after a game between the two teams was rained out in April.
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