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Stephen Vogt exits early for Brewers following collision at home plate

While Milwaukee Brewers catcher Stephen Vogt, left, removes his mask, New York Yankees' Gary Sanchez reacts after striking out to end a baseball game at Yankee Stadium, Sunday, July 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)While Milwaukee Brewers catcher Stephen Vogt, left, removes his mask, New York Yankees' Gary Sanchez reacts after striking out to end a baseball game at Yankee Stadium, Sunday, July 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Stephen Vogt left Monday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the bottom of the fifth inning following a collision at home plate with Pirates starter Chad Kuhl. Vogt had his neck torqued following the impact. He remained down on the field for several minutes before he was able to walk to the locker room with the assistance of doctors.

The Brewers later announced that Vogt was being evaluated for a left knee strain, as well as a neck strain.

Manny Pina took over behind the plate in his place.

Vogt went 0-for-2 at the plate on Monday, although he managed to drive in a run in the top of the fourth on a ground out. Since joining Milwaukee, Vogt is batting .250 with a .313 on-base percentage and has slugged four home runs and collected nine RBIs in a 12-game span.

An All-Star each of the last two seasons as a member of the Oakland Athletics, Vogt was claimed off waivers by the Brewers back on June 25. He struggled offensively, batting .217 with a .287 on-base percentage in 54 games with Oakland, who now turn the catching duties over to Bruce Maxwell and Josh Phegley. He had as many home runs with the A’s as he has already clubbed with Milwaukee, leaving a last-place club for one in first place.

After making his debut with the Tampa Bay Rays as a 27-year-old rookie in 2012, Vogt spent the next four-and-half years in Oakland, where he took over full-time catching duties in 2015.

He now shares catching duties with Pina, who is batting .292 on the season entering play on Monday with six home runs and 29 RBIs of his own.

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