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San Francisco politician dislocates hip during legislative softball game

Assemblymember Matt Haney recovers in a hospital bed after dislocating his hip during this year’s annual California Legislature softball game Monday, as fellow Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) keeps him company. | Source: Courtesy Matt Haney

State Assemblymember Matt Haney (D-San Francisco) spent several hours Monday at a Sacramento hospital after dislocating his hip but has now recovered, according to his staff.

The dislocation happened during the California Legislature’s annual softball game, a tradition to raise funds for worthy causes held at West Sacramento’s Sutter Health Park, home ballpark to the Pacific Coast League’s Sacramento River Cats, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.

Although previous legislative contests have featured Democrats vs. Republicans, both last year’s game and this year’s featured Northern California representatives playing against their Southern California counterparts.

Kim Kardashian poses for a selfie with Matt Haney. | Source: Courtesy Matt Haney

Haney had been playing second base and was batting when a swing led to an “excruciatingly painful” feeling, staffer Nate Allbee said.

Accompanied by fellow Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose), Haney managed to make it to a hospital, where a doctor saw him and was able to pop his right hip back into place.

The pain disappeared instantly after the procedure, Allbee said.

Doctors gave Haney a pair of crutches to take with him in case of any lingering mobility issues. Haney made it to a state Senate elections committee meeting on Tuesday morning, Allbee said.

Team Northern California won the game 17-16, with KCRA reporting that almost $60,000 was raised to help Sacramento Loaves and Fishes’ Mustard Seed School for children experiencing homelessness.