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Injured ump released and will return

By MARC TOPKIN, Times Staff Writer

© St. Petersburg Times
published June 2, 2002


ST. PETERSBURG -- Umpire Steve Rippley went home Saturday with an ugly bruise and a slight fracture on the side of his head but no serious injury.

Rippley, a St. Petersburg native, was struck near the left temple by a ball during Friday's game. He was removed from the field on a stretcher, treated and evaluated at Bayfront Medical Center and released around 2:30 Saturday morning.

"He was very lucky," umpiring supervisor Richie Garcia said. "I think he'll be okay."

Rippley, 48, was diagnosed with a slight nondisplaced fracture between the temple and the cheekbone but won't need surgery.

He was given the weekend off and was scheduled to be off this week. Garcia said he expects Rippley, who lives in South Florida, to return to the field shortly after that. "If I know Steve, he won't stay out long," Garcia said.


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