Never let it be said umpire Marty Foster can't take a hit. Or three. Foster, working home plate with the Giants visiting the D-backs at Chase Field, made it through Wednesday night's game despite taking three vicious hits from foul balls in the late innings -- two to the same arm, another a direct hit to the mask. Foster said after the game that X-rays on his left arm were negative, but he was planning to be examined for a stiff neck. He hopes to work his next assigned game -- Tigers-White Sox in Chicago on Friday.
Foster was taken for X-rays on his left arm after two foul balls struck him in almost the exactly same spot on his left biceps area, only minutes apart. The first was a tip by the Giants' Randy Winn in the top of the seventh, the second almost the exact same thing in the same spot off the bat of the D-backs' Chad Tracy in the bottom of the ninth. "The first one was the hardest I have ever been hit," the 10-year Major League veteran said. D-backs assistant trainer Dave Edwards checked on Foster after each of the foul balls hit his arm, which was visibly shaking after the second foul ball drilled his arm. A possible third off Tracy's bat a few pitches later sailed just over his left shoulder. Foster's rough night also included another foul ball that hit him in the eyes of his protective facemask, saying later it was "was like a whiplash syndrome. In slow motion, you can see it snap my neck back."
John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.