Indians reveal more details on extent of gruesome Josh Naylor injury

The Cleveland Indians gave an update after the gruesome Josh Naylor injury, including details on surgery and an update on his timeline to return.

It’s only been a day since Cleveland Indians first baseman Josh Naylor suffered one of the most gruesome baseball injuries we’ve ever seen, but the team is trying to stay positive about the immediate future.

Naylor collided with Cleveland’s second baseman Ernie Clement, landing awkwardly on his ankle with the full weight of his body. The result was what appeared to be a broken leg, and now the team is revealing more details about the full extent of the injury Naylor suffered.

According to Cleveland beat writer Zack Meisel reports that Naylor will need surgery to repair a fracture and dislocation of his ankle, which is somehow less awful than the injury initially appeared.

Josh Naylor injury update

“Josh Naylor suffered ‘a closed fracture and dislocation of the right ankle’ on Sunday. He’ll travel back to Cleveland today,” Meisel reported on Monday. “He’ll be evaluated later this week to determine the extent of the injury and timetable for an operation.”

The injury is similar to the one suffered by Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who was lost for the remainder of the NFL season following a dislocation of his ankle while being tackled during a scramble.

Naylor was hospitalized after injury, and players in the dugout painted an extremely grim picture of what it was like to witness the injury.


“I don’t want to watch a replay of that,” said Twins starter J.A. Happ, via the Star Tribune. “You don’t feel good watching that. It didn’t look or sound very good. We’re hoping for the best for him.”

It’s not yet known how long Naylor will be out, but it’s safe to say his season is likely over.