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Pirates Shortstop Oneil Cruz Suffers Fractured Ankle

Written by Tony Ghaul

Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz suffered a fractured left ankle while sliding into home during the sixth inning of Sunday’s game against the Chicago White Sox.

The 24-year-old Cruz had tried to score from third on a soft ground ball and wound up crashing into White Sox catcher Seby Zavala.

While Cruz was on the ground holding his knee, an altercation ensued that saw both benches clear and players run from the bullpen to engage in the brawl.

Cruz had reached base on a walk, but then used his speed to go from first to third on a single by Bryan Reynolds.

The young shortstop tried to utilize his quickness to get to home plate on the grounder by Ke’Bryan Hayes, but he might’ve been a little over-zealous while trying to extend Pittsburgh’s 1-0 lead.

Cruz is one of the top young prospects in the majors. He entered Sunday’s game with a batting average of .267 with one homer and four RBI.

Photo courtsey of Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette

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