The attempt at a diving catch backfired, and Stewart reacted too early to the hit, sliding before he should have. The 25-year-old left the game with a concussion caused by the mishap.
He remained in the game for the rest of the half-inning but was removed from play in the bottom of the fourth, replaced by a pinch hitter. The Orioles announced after the game that he had suffered a concussion on the play, which is not surprising when you replay the tape and see just where the ball hit his head. MLB rules state that a player with a concussion must be placed on the seven-day concussion injured list, so Stewart will have some time away from the game.
The former first-round pick had just been called up from Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday, marking his second MLB opportunity. His first big league chance came in June, but was cut short by a sprained right ankle from a collision in Texas that caused him to miss three weeks.
Stewart was hopeful for his major league opportunity before the game saying, “It definitely took longer than I expected. I didn’t think I’d be out that long at all. I’m going to go out there and show what I can do.”
Well, we know how that ends.
The night did not end well for the Orioles, who lost 9-4. The Yankees, who set the MLB single-season home run mark at a visiting ballpark against the Orioles on Monday night, added to their cause with six home runs Tuesday.