Angels’ Matt Shoemaker sustains skull fracture from line drive
Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter
Seattle, WA, United States (4E Sports) – Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker sustained a small skull fracture and small hematoma after he was hit by a 105-mph line drive by Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager on the right side of his head Sunday.
The incident happened in the second inning of the Angels’ 4-2 win over the Mariners.
After Seager lined the ball, Shoemaker took the impact and dropped to his knees while the Angels’ medical personnel rushed to assist him.
Shoemaker walked off the field with the help of two team trainers after several minutes.
According to Angels general manager Billy Eppler , the right-hander underwent season-ending surgery Sunday night to stop the bleeding and was recovering well.
“He was conscious the whole time,” said Angels manager Mike Scioscia . “Those guys did a great job just to assess and evaluate him. There was blood coming out of his nose.”
“There were some things that they had to address. And that’s the scary part. Hopefully we can understand exactly what’s going on with him through the night. … Hopefully we’ll just keeping getting good news about his recovery,” he added.
Seager , for his part, was visibly frightened and sickened by what had transpired.
“It’s kind of like, [to heck with] baseball, who cares about the game?” Seager said. “You’re just worried about him. You see him sitting there on the ground and all the trainers and doctors up there.”