MILWAUKEE (AP) - Home plate umpire Mark Wegner was helped off the field after tearing the calf muscle in his right leg with two outs in the bottom of the eighth of Saturday’s game between San Francisco and Milwaukee.
Wegner, a 12-year veteran, was coming out to call a bunt down the third-base line by Carlos Gomez when he made an awkward step short of Gomez’s bat. He immediately clutched his lower right calf.
The 39-year-old Wegner doubled over, but never went to the ground. Brewers trainer Roger Caplinger came out to assist him and he was helped off the field, putting very little pressure on the right leg.
A Brewers spokesman says Wegner will return home to Florida for a doctor’s evaluation to determine how long he’ll be out and if surgery is needed. Adrian Johnson will join the crew on Sunday.
Among Wegner’s notable assignments were the 2007 NL Championship Series and the 2008 All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium.
The game restarted after a 12-minute delay with second-base umpire Mike Everitt behind the plate and crew chief Mike Winters and Mike Muchlinski in the field.