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Los Angeles Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker was recently hit in the right side of the head with a 105-miles per hour line drive off of the bat of Kyle Seager of the Seattle Mariners. Shoemaker underwent emergency surgery late Sunday night in Seattle to stop the bleeding in his brain. Angels’ general manager Billy Eppler said the surgery was successful and that Shoemaker was speaking.
Shoemaker was pitching for the Angels in the second inning at Safeco Field. Kyle Seager was up to bat and the ball just went straight back at Shoemaker off of Seager’s bat. The ball was hit at 105 miles per hour, so Shoemaker had no time to react the ball coming at him. When the ball hit him, he fell to the ground and the ball rolled into foul territory. Of course, the trainers ran onto the field and the players huddled around to make sure their pitcher was okay. Even Seager walked over to make sure Shoemaker was okay.
After Shoemaker walked of the field with the help of a couple of trainers, he went into the locker room to be evaluated. After examination, he was responsive and transported to Harborview Medical Center. Initial CT scans showed he had a small fracture to his skull and a hematoma. Doctors did many more scans throughout him being in the hospital. On Sunday night, the third set of scans showed that the bleeding had not slowed down.
Shoemaker was immediately wheeled into surgery. Angels’ head athletic trainer Adam Nevala stayed in Seattle to take care of the pitcher while the team traveled back to Los Angeles. Shoemaker will be accompanied by the trainer until he is ready to return to Los Angeles which can possibly be as soon as next week.