A Mets minor-league prospect was sent to the disabled list following an odd and scary altercation this weekend.
Logan Taylor, a relief pitcher with the Las Vegas 51s, suffered a concussion after being robbed and assaulted by a homeless man in Salt Lake City Saturday afternoon, just hours prior to the 51s’ scheduled game against the Salt Lake Bees, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Taylor, 25, was reportedly walking down a street when he was approached by a homeless man carrying a tire iron and a sock full of rocks. The homeless man then demanded Taylor’s wallet before hitting the minor-league pitcher over the back of the head with a tire iron, Salt Lake City police Detective Greg Wilking told the Review-Journal.
Taylor suffered a concussion and was taken to a nearby hospital where he needed six or seven staples put in the back of his head, Las Vegas 51s manager Pedro Lopez told the Review-Journal. Taylor was placed on the disabled list as a result of the injuries.
Lopez told the Review-Journal several of Taylor’s teammates witnessed the incident but was initially unaware it was Taylor who was, in fact, being assaulted.
“There were a couple guys that saw it, Dom (Smith) and (Kevin) McGowan,” Lopez told the Review-Journal. “They tried to go after the guy when they realized it was Logan, but (the police) ended up catching the guy later on.”
Despite the severity of Taylor’s injuries, the righthander was able to be with the team at the ballpark later that evening, according to the Review-Journal.
Taylor was drafted by the Mets in the 11th round of the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft. After recently being promoted to Triple-A earlier this season, Taylor is 1-1 with a 3.96 ERA and 29 strikeouts in four starts.
Joshua Cruz, 33, a homeless man residing in Salt Lake City, was later apprehended by police and arrested in relation to the incident. Police “used a Taser to take him into custody” after Cruz took off running attempting to flee the scene, Wilking told the Review-Journal.
The Mets told the Review-Journal they are aware of the incident and issued a statement: “It’s in the hands of the police now and we can’t comment further.”