07/19/2002 8:55 PM ET
Umpire leaves game with ankle injury
CINCINNATI -- Umpire Bill Miller left Friday night's New York Mets-Cincinnati Reds game before the bottom of the fourth inning after suffering an apparent right ankle injury when he slipped as he tracked a foul ball.
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
Miller, who was stationed behind home plate, trailed Reds catcher Kelly Stinnett, who ran toward the third-base dugout at Cinergy Field in pursuit of Mo Vaughn's pop-up. As the ball fell into the camera well adjacent to the right side of the dugout, Miller slipped and fell on the rubberized warning track.
Miller was surrounded by his fellow umpires and Reds trainer Greg Lynn before rising and walking to home plate under his own power. Miller finished the top of the fourth inning but left to undergo X-rays before the Reds batted. Bill Hohn replaced Miller behind the plate.
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