Officials confirm that Detroit Tigers prospect Chace Numata was rushed to the hospital after he was found in the street injured. He suffered a severe head injury after getting into a skateboard accident.
Minor league catcher Chace Numata, who plays for the Erie SeaWolves, a Double-A affiliate in the Detroit Tigers organization, was injured in an apparent motorized skateboard accident on Friday evening.
Reports say Numata was rushed to the hospital after a motorist noticed him lying face down on a street in Pennsylvania. Per police reports, the motorist drove around Numata before calling the police.
According to police, who reviewed security cameras in the area, no vehicles were involved in the accident and Numata appeared to just fall down while riding his motorized skateboard.
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As of publishing date of this article, there is no word on the condition of the twenty-seven-year-old catcher. However, it appears to be serious.
He was reportedly bleeding from the head and suffered from a severe head injury, according to authorities in Erie, Pennsylvania. The Detroit Tigers released a statement regarding the accident stating:
"“We’ve been made aware that early on Friday Morning, SeaWolves catcher Chace Numata was involved in an accident in Erie, PA. We have been in contact with hospital officials and SeaWolves leadership about his condition. All of us with the Detroit Tigers ask for Chace to be kept in your thoughts and prayers at this time.”"
Following the incident, the SeaWolves placed him on the 7-day Injured List. He had played in seventy-one games with the SeaWolves and had appeared in six games for the Tigers’ Triple-A affiliate.
Before playing in the Tigers organization, Numata was shuffled around the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees organization. In his last ten games, he is batting .205 with eight hits in that span.
In 2019, he has four home runs and twenty-six runs batted in. He has split the 2019 season between the Triple-A affiliate for the Tigers’ and the Double-A affiliate, where he currently plays. He appeared in just six games for the Triple-A affiliate, batting .300 in twenty at-bats.