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Brutal home plate collision a bad break for Vogt, Brewers and Major League Baseball

Vogt suffered a MCL sprain in his home-plate collision with Chad Kuhl on Monday night in Pittsburgh and he was officially placed on the disabled list Tuesday.The Brewers will now have to rely more heavily on catcher Manny Pina, a 30-year-old who’s having his best season, batting.291 with six homers and 29 RBI and with the fourth-highest SABR Defensive Index among major-league catchers.”I was like, ‘Man, my neck hurts, ‘ and then I realized my knee hurts”, Vogt told reporters.”I wanted to do a hook slide and touch home plate, but as soon as he caught it, he kind of came into my running lane, and it just happened like that”, said Kuhl, who remained in the game despite some pain in his left [non-throwing] arm. Kuhl was up and walking off after less than two minutes, but Vogt stayed down for more than twice that time while being tended by both of the Brewers’ athletic trainers and Dr. Edward Snell, the Pirates’ team physician.Santana’s throw got to catcher Stephen Vogt well before Kuhl did, the two collided awkwardly and violently, and both were felled even as Vogt somehow clung to the ball.Home plate collisions have become somewhat of a rarity since they were outlawed with a change of law in 2014. Kuhl was called out at home because Vogt made the tag and held onto the ball, not because umpire Mark Wegner deemed the Pirates baserunner to be in violation of the rules.