"I knew it hit him very solid, so my first reaction was to turn around as quick as possible and if I have to catch him, catch him or at least help stabilize him," Gimenez said. "Thankfully I was able to get a good grip on him. I'm pretty sure if I wasn't holding on to him he was going to fall over."
Play was stopped as Layne was helped off the field. He did not return, and the game proceeded with a three-man crew.
Second-base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt replaced Layne behind home plate.
"I hope he's all right. I told Hunter to tell Jerry we all are thinking about him and hopefully he pulls through it," Gimenez said. "He definitely took it pretty hard."
Pat James is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.