Dodgers reporter injured in botched slide stunt

Aug 18, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; David Vassegh, longtime Los Angeles Dodgers sideline reporter, does a pregame show after breaking his arm and fracturing six ribs during ride on the Milwaukee Brewers home run slide at American Family Field. Photo credit Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Just call it an occupational hazard.

A longtime Dodgers reporter suffered several fractures in a stunt gone horribly wrong in Milwaukee on Wednesday.

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David Vassegh, a contributor on MLB Network and SportsNet Los Angeles, was injured while riding the outfield slide at American Family Field. The slide is usually used by Brewers mascot Bernie Brewer after the home team hits a home run.

Vassegh said he'd always wanted to ride the slide, and finally he was allowed to fulfill his wish during a taped segment prior to Wednesday night's game.

Except things went awry when Vassegh's ride came to a painful end at the bottom of the slide, when he broke his wrist in two places and broke several ribs while crashing awkwardly into a padded barrier.

Ever the trooper, though, Vassegh was on-duty for Wednesday night's game -- even with his right wrist wrapped in a cast. Of course, Dodgers announcers Joe Davis and Nomar Garciaparra had a good laugh at his expense.

So did catcher Austin Barnes, who homered in the Dodgers win and told Vassegh after the game that the win was dedicated to him.

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