Bryan Mitchell fractured his nose in a game against the Minnesota Twins on Monday.
The New York Yankees’ rookie pitcher took a line drive to the face in the top of the second inning.
The Twins’ Eduardo Nunez hit the line drive that struck Mitchell on the face. ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand reported on the development.
Mitchell held his face as he crumpled to the ground. Yankees trainer Steve Donahue gave him a towel to cover his bloodied face. Donahue assisted Mitchell of the field as he went to the dugout. The Yankee Stadium crowd gave him a standing ovation, per ESPN New York.
Bryan Mitchell has exited the game in the 2nd after being struck by a line drive.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 17, 2015
Doctors released Mitchell from New York-Presbyterian Hospital after a full evaluation. Marchand says they are monitoring him for any concussion symptoms.
Mitchell returned to Yankee Stadium to watch the rest of the game. He did not speak to the media, per MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.
The Yankees will place him on their 15-day disabled list, per MLB.com.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi told ESPN New York it was a scary sight.
“It was really, really scary,” Girardi said. “It seems like your heart just drops into your stomach, and you are scared for the kid. You see blood coming out…I was really worried.”
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Twins manager Paul Molitor was just as concerned, per ESPN New York:
“I get goosebumps talking about it. You’re playing the game, and then you see someone go through something like that.
“I know they’ve talked about trying to find that protective cap for pitchers. They haven’t come up with anything that looks very practical as of yet. The face is pretty much something that’s going to be unprotected, no matter what you do.”
Yankees catcher Brian McCann told Marchand he’s glad it wasn’t anything fatal.
“Luckily, what could’ve happened didn’t,” McCann said.
Nunez said the sight of Mitchell getting hurt scared him, per Hoch:
“I feel bad for him. You don’t wish that on anybody. I hope everything is okay for him. I hope to see him soon again. I was very scared. Once I saw him on the mound bleeding I was very scared for him. Hopefully, he’s okay and will get better soon.”
Thought and prayers with Bryan Mitchell who was hit in the head with this comebacker: pic.twitter.com/M655RcOAGl
— Gotham SN (@GothamSN) August 18, 2015
Fellow rookie pitcher Caleb Cotham filled in for Mitchell. Cotham told Hoch he’s concerned because Mitchell suffered a concussion back in July. It happened during a weight-training accident when they were both playing Triple A baseball:
“I don’t think it was too serious, but the second time might be worse. I think it’s good that he got away with it and it nipped his hat. It’s good that he’s okay.
“I talked to him. He said he’s feeling fine. I think he’s doing well, all things considered.”
Mitchell is 24 years old. Marchand says he got the nod Monday because the Yankees wanted to rest their regular starters.
Mitchell had a 0-1 record with a 3.72 ERA. Luis Severino and Mitchell are New York’s top two pitching prospects, per Marchand.
Mitchell is now the fourth MLB pitcher who has been hit in the head by a line drive this season. Marchand stresses the four pitchers were hit below the cap line.
Chase Headley hit a walk-off grounder in the 10th inning. This gave the Yankees an 8-7 victory over the Twins, per MLB.com.
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