Angels' Shoemaker suffers skull fracture after taking scary line drive to the head
Kyle Seager's terrifying line drive left the bat at 105 mph
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:
Angels: Shoemaker suffered a laceration on his right side of the head. He's alert and responsive and headed to the hospital for a CT scan.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) September 4, 2016
The bad news is Shoemaker didn't escape with just a laceration, but with a fracture and a bruise:
Matt Shoemaker suffered a small skull fracture and hematoma, CT scan showed. He's spending the night in the hospital, seeing a neurologist.— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) September 4, 2016
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
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.
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