Horror moment MLB star is left a bloody mess from 94mph fastball
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Major League Baseball fans witnessed a freak injury on Monday when New York Mets outfielder Kevin Pillar was hit in the face by a pitch at 94 miles-per-hour.
Bases were loaded in the seventh inning of the Mets’ eventual 3-1 win over the Atlanta Braves when Pillar found himself in the path of a fastball courtesy of Jacob Webb.
The California native immediately crumbled to the turf at Truist Field in Atlanta, Georgia, with blood pouring from his face before he was helped off the field.
The Mets were leading 1-0 when Webb’s pitch caught Pillar square in the face, although fans and players alike were encouraged the player was able to walk off:
ESPN quoted New York team-mate James McCann, who said: "It's real scary. Everything kinda stops for a second. He gets hit by a pitch, and the last thing I'm thinking about is touching home plate. … Our thoughts and prayers are definitely with him.”
The Mets travelled to Truist Field after they suffered a 3-0 series sweep against the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend.
The Queens-based outfit still boast a 19-16 record this season and sit atop the National League East following their win over Atlanta, who are third in the division.
Team manager Luis Rojas confirmed in his post-match press conference that Pillar had been taken to hospital for a CT scan following the injury:
Players from both teams looked horrified by the blow, which should see Pillar join a growing list of sidelined Mets stars for the time being.
Pitchers Jacob deGrom, Carlos Carrasco and Noah Syndergaard are some of the key names already on New York’s injured list, along with third baseman J.D. Davis, reliever Seth Lugo and outfielder Brandon Nimmo.
The baseball community breathed a collective sigh of relief when Pillar tweeted later on Monday that he was “doing fine” despite the freakish nature of his injury:
Braves pitcher Webb was visibly affected by his role in the incident and was later removed from the game.
Pillar, 32, signed a one-year deal with the Mets in February having represented both the Boston Red Sox and the Colorado Rockies in 2020.
The one positive to come from the hit-by-pitch is that, with bases loaded at the time, New York at least scored from Pillar’s sacrifice and went on to clinch an eighth win from their last 11 games.
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