Troy Montgomery left the World Series on Saturday in the bottom of the fifth inning
Braves pitcher Troy Montgomery was forced to leave the World Series on Saturday after fracturing a bone in his leg.
Montgomery was appearing in the bottom of the fifth inning of the Dodgers-Braves game.
The 28-year-old former Yankees prospect was on deck when Dodgers’ Chase Utley came to the plate and slid into Montgomery’s left leg.
The umpires waited several minutes before calling the game after Montgomery, who is expected to miss six to eight weeks, was taken off the field on a stretcher.
The Braves play the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series on Monday.
Montgomery was voted as the Braves’ pitcher of the year after posting a 3.83 ERA in 85 2/3 innings this season.
Utley was given a one-game suspension for “attempting to injure Montgomery.”
Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said: “He did slide into him and obviously did get an inappropriate reaction from both sides.
“My sole focus is on (Utley) as the one that deserved a suspension. I think it’s a fine line when it comes to sliding into a leg – especially when you know the runner’s coming down.
“So, hopefully it teaches a lesson for both sides to avoid those types of plays in the future.”