We may take it for granted since there's 162 games in the MLB season, but there's always a very small chance of a pitcher getting struck in the head with a baseball; Forbes estimates a one-in-300,000 chance of this happening. That's two or three times a year, and unfortunately one of those occurrences happened today.
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb caught a line drive to the head today against the Royals in the fifth inning. Grantland's Jonah Keri reported that the ball was traveling at 102.4 mph, while many heard the sickening thud on impact.
Velocity of ball hit by Eric Hosmer that struck Alex Cobb in the head: 102.4 mph.— Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) June 15, 2013
In case you missed it, Hosmer drilled Alex Cobb in the head. He's being carried off on a stretcher. https://t.co/ljo3DwMYz7— Matthew Israel (@Matt_is_Real) June 15, 2013
The pitcher was taken off the field on a stretcher, and he remained conscious as he was being transported to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. He was diagnosed with a mild concussion.
Fortunately, the hit wasn't as bad as the line drive J.A. Happ caught last month. He suffered a fractured skull.
[via USA Today]