In the top of the fifth inning in Tampa Bay, Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer hit an absolute rocket of a line drive right back at the pitcher's mound. And unfortunately, it hit Rays starter Alex Cobb square in the head. It appeared to get him above the right ear.
The ball ricocheted off Cobb's head all the way back to the home-plate area, so it was by no means a glancing blow. It was ugly.
Here's video of the play. Remember, a pitcher gets hit in the head by a hard line drive. If you don't want to see that, don't click on the play button:
The Rays said Cobb remained conscious all the way to the hospital and has only a mild concussion, which is pretty surprising given how hard it hit him.
Note just how hard it was hit, via Baseball Tonight's Jonah Keri:
Velocity of ball hit by Eric Hosmer that struck Alex Cobb in the head: 102.4 mph.— Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) June 15, 2013
Cobb immediately fell to the ground and was nearly motionless, save for some leg movement. Doctors and athletic trainers immediately signaled for the stretcher and Cobb was taken to the hospital.
Considering how violent the play looked, Cobb is mighty fortunate to have escaped with a mild concussion. He will remain in the hospital overnight for observation, but as things currently stand, it appears it's pretty good news.
UPDATE: Thanks to modern technology/social media, we've already heard from Cobb himself:
Can't thank everyone enough for the prayers. Was the only way for me to make it out of there ok. Look forward to getting back out there.— Alex Cobb (@Acobb53) June 16, 2013