Jessica Mendoza was not in the booth for the “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcast this weekend because she was recovering at home from a car accident.
Mendoza, who has been a full-time color commentator on the broadcast since 2016, was rear-ended at full speed on a freeway Friday, according to ESPN, which said she “escaped serious injury.” The hope, according to ESPN communications director Ben Cafardo, is that Mendoza will rejoin the broadcast this Sunday in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
“Ever a champ, she made every effort to be in the booth tonight but the much better decision was to rest and recover with her family,” Cafardo wrote on Twitter.
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Play-by-play man Matt Vasgersian and Mendoza’s color partner, Alex Rodriguez, handled the call as the San Francisco Giants hosted and defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 9-6 at Oracle Park.
In addition to her broadcasting duties, Mendoza serves as a baseball analyst for other ESPN shows. She’s also a baseball operations advisor for the New York Mets.