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Plate ump Welke exits game after getting hit in mask

June 30, 2019
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San Diego Padres shortstop Manny Machado, right, yells at home plate umpire Bill Welke, who had called Machado out on strikes during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday, June 15, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

NEW YORK (AP) — Plate umpire Bill Welke has left a game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets an inning after being struck in the mask by a foul ball.

Welke was hit in the fifth inning Saturday and exited after the sixth. Second base umpire Roberto Ortiz moved behind the plate, and the game resumed after a brief delay with three umpires.

No announcement was immediately made regarding Welke’s status.

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