Angels' Shoemaker suffers skull fracture after taking scary line drive to the head

Terrifying moment in the second inning of Sunday afternoon's game between the Angels and Mariners at Safeco Field.

Angels righty Matt Shoemaker was bloodied after being hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Mariners second baseman Kyle Seager. Here's the play:

Statcast says the ball left Seager's bat at 105 mph. Seager was visibly shaken on the play; Angels players were consoling him on the field as trainers from both teams tended to Shoemaker.

The good news is Shoemaker never did lose consciousness, and he was eventually able to walk-off the field under his own power. The Angels have since released this update on Shoemaker, who is surely heading for a battery of tests. MRI, x-rays, the works:

The bad news is Shoemaker didn't escape with just a laceration, but with a fracture and a bruise:

Here's hoping Shoemaker makes a quick recovery -- and that pitcher head protection makes enough progress that we can avoid more cases like this in the near future.

CBS Sports Writer

Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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