LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — Los Angeles Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker left Sunday’s game against the Seattle Mariners after being hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Kyle Seager.
Shoemaker was hit on the right side of his head with one out in the second inning. Seager’s liner had an exit velocity of 105 mph according to MLB Statcast. Shoemaker was able to turn his head slightly to avoid a direct blow to his face but was unable to get his mitt up in time.
The ball off the bat of Kyle Seager was 105 MPH. Hit Matt Shoemaker right in the side of the head. pic.twitter.com/UYyHM8L1mx
— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) September 4, 2016
Shoemaker immediately went to the ground as trainers rushed to the field. He was down for several minutes being tended to and was bleeding from the spot where he was hit. Teammates knelt around the mound and Seager anxiously watched from first base. Shoemaker never appeared to lose consciousness.
— CBS Sports MLB (@CBSSportsMLB) September 4, 2016
Shoemaker eventually walked off the field with trainers on either side. He was replaced by Deolis Guerra.
Matt Shoemaker has a skull fracture and hematoma. He is staying in Seattle in a hospital. Will see a nuerologist. He is awake and speaking
— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) September 4, 2016
It was later announced that Shoemaker suffered a skull fracture and hematoma, and will remain in the hospital until further notice.
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