Scary moment at Truist Park on Monday night. New York Mets outfielder Kevin Pillar took a 94.5-mph fastball to the face from Atlanta Braves reliever Jacob Webb in the seventh inning of their series opener (NYM 3, ATL 1). It was a direct hit. Pillar didn't have time to turn his head, and he fell to the ground bleeding immediately.
The team released an update on his status Tuesday morning after Pillar underwent a CT scan at a local hospital, stating that he'd been diagnosed with "multiple nasal fractures." He was later placed on the injured list.
Later on Tuesday, Pillar addressed the media via a Zoom call:
In that call, Pillar revealed that he'll soon need to undergo plastic surgery to repair those nasal fractures and that he should be able to return to action within 10 to 14 days after that surgery. His goal, he says, is to "be back as soon as possible." More from Pillar:
Pillar: "I feel pretty damn normal right now, aside from my face looking the way it does and not being able to breathe through my nose."— Deesha (@DeeshaThosar) May 18, 2021
Here's the hit by pitch. This is as scary as it gets:
Somehow, Pillar was able to walk off the field under his own power.
The Mets have been hit hard by injuries lately. Albert Almora (shoulder), JD Davis (finger), Luis Guillorme (oblique), and Brandon Nimmo (dinger). Taijuan Walker exited Monday's start after three innings with side soreness as well., and they were already without
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Pillar, 32, signed a two-year contract with the Mets this past offseason. He went into Monday's game hitting .247/.284/.377 in 27 games.