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Umpire Wendelstedt sidelined with concussion-like symptoms

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(TSX / STATS) -- CLEVELAND -- Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt is being monitored for concussion-like symptoms and won't work the rest of the series between the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians.

   Wendelstedt left Monday's game after getting hit on his facemask by a warmup pitch from Boston pitcher Joe Kelly in the sixth inning.

   Kelly entered the game with two outs in the sixth, and Carlos Santana the batter. As Kelly was warming up, Wendelstedt crouched behind Boston catcher Christian Vazquez, to get a look at Kelly's pitches.

   One of Kelly's pitches, which appeared to be a high fastball, glanced off Vazquez's glove and hit Wendelstedt on the upper part of his mask. Wendelstedt was staggered by the impact, and went down on one knee. After being checked by the Indians' assistant athletic trainer Michael Salazar, Wendelstedt remained in the game.

   Santana flew out to end the inning. Between innings, fellow umpires Bill Welke, Alan Porter and Andy Fletcher, along with Salazar, met with Wendelstedt, and the decision was made for him to leave the game. Porter replaced him as the home plate umpire.

   Umpire Pat Hoberg arrived in Cleveland on Tuesday and will work with the crew for the remainder of the four-game series.

Updated August 22, 2017

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