So scary. Yankees pitcher Bryan Mitchell was in the midst of his second start of the season on Monday, Aug. 17, when he took a line drive to the face. It looked so painful, and when Bryan picked his head up off the ground, his nose started gushing blood. We couldn’t help but wince.
It was a very bloody scene at Yankees Stadium on Monday, Aug. 17, when Yankees rookie pitcher Bryan Mitchell, 24, took a line drive to the face, which knocked him off his feet. Despite the horrific injury, Bryan was able to walk off the field. You can see the video here, but we warn you — it’s hard to watch.
It was a horrific accident, but thankfully, Bryan only suffered a small nasal fracture, according to ESPN. The injury did, however, force him to be removed from the game with two outs in the second inning against the Minnesota Twins.
Bryan was able to walk off the field on his own two feet, but he leaned on trainer Steve Donohue, while his one hand held a towel over his bleeding face.
Fans, who were worried about Bryan, gave him a standing ovation as he walked off the field and into the dugout. He was taken to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for a full evaluation, where it was determined he only suffered a small nasal fracture. Yankees’ doctors will reportedly continue to monitor for a possible concussion, ESPN claims.
Ironically, it was former Yankees infielder Eduardo Nunez who hit the line drive.
So far this year, four MLB pitchers have been hit in the head by line drives, ESPN notes. Perhaps after this accident, the MLB will come up with a helmet for pitchers to wear.
Our thoughts go out to Bryan right now. We hope he has a speedy recovery.
— Chris Rogers