The two slammed into each other during Sunday’s game against the Twins in Minnesota. Naylor suffered a fracture and dislocated ankle.
“It’s just one of those freak accidents that unfortunately, in this game happens. You know, two players want the ball really bad and want to make a play for their pitcher,” Clement told reporters on Monday. “It really sucks. I hate seeing him go down like that.”
Clement, who was back in the lineup Monday against the Tigers, said he’s texted with his teammate and received words of encouragement.
“I wanted to play my heart out like he told me,” the second baseman said.
Clement said he got a few stitches following the collision.