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Orioles catcher Sisco takes foul ball off mask, leaves game with deep cut and enters concussion protocol

Jon Meoli
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun

Orioles catcher Chance Sisco left Sunday’s matinee with the Chicago White Sox at Camden Yards after a foul tip to the mask caused a deep cut across his chin and prompted the team to check him for a concussion.

The rookie backstop was making just his third start since being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Sept. 3, and had gone 0-for-2, including grounding into a double play that ended the third inning, when his day was cut short behind the plate.

Former Orioles catcher Welington Castillo fouled back a 1-2 fastball that hit Sisco in the bottom of his mask. Sisco almost immediately signaled for the trainers, and he quickly went to the dugout.

“He had a pretty good chin laceration,” manager Buck Showalter said. “Actually across, not down. Still trying to figure out how it happened. I’ve looked at the replay a couple of times. I’m sure you all have. I’ve never seen that. It looks like he had a razor inside of his mask. He’s in concussion protocol right now. He’s had some headaches, as would be expected, so we’re going to err on the side of caution.

“I think he’s going to be fine. It’s just, opened it up pretty good. Was scary. A lot of blood there. By the time I got there his mask already had a lot of blood on it.”

Fellow rookie Austin Wynns took over.

Sisco, the Orioles’ former top prospect, has had a disappointing rookie year. He made the Opening Day roster but has been sent to the minors twice and was batting .184 with a pair of home runs entering Sunday.

He also left the game with a head injury May 1 in Anaheim after Pedro Álvarez and Sisco collided in foul territory, with Sisco hitting his head on Álvarez’s forearm before landing hard on the ground. Sisco was back in the lineup two games later.

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