The Angels hitters will be without their "Groove" for a while.
Hitting coach Don Baylor, donning the familiar #25 for the first time since the end of the 1982 American League Championship Series, suffered a broken femur while catching the ceremonial first pitch from fellow AL MVP Vladimir Guerrero before the Halos faced the Seattle Mariners tonight in the 2014 season opener.
The 64-year-old was crouching to receive Guerrero's toss when he injured the leg, then either aggravated it or suffered a second injury while trying to get up after the initial injury.
Baylor was then helped off the field and taken down State College Boulevard to UCI Medical Center in Orange where the extent of the injury was discovered. He will undergo surgery to repair the leg tomorrow.
The 1979 AL MVP with the Angels, Baylor was set to make his regular season debut as the Halos' hitting coach after being hired by general manager Jerry DiPoto in the offseason.
Video via Sporting News website: Baylor injured