Last night, New York Mets outfielder Kevin Pillar was rushed to the hospital after being nailed in the face with a 94 mph fastball.
A moment every baseball player dreads occurred last night for Kevin Pillar. The 32-year-old was up to bat against the Atlanta Braves when a wild pitch from Jacob Webb headed straight for Pillar’s face. He immediately dropped to the ground as blood gushed from his nose among what appeared to be multiple other places.
Braves pitcher Jacob Webb crouches in shock as he watches Pillar cover his face in pain, obviously distressed at the scene.
The incident happened in the top of the 7th inning, bases loaded, two outs, and a 1-2 count. The Mets were up 1 to 0. According to TMZ, Kevin Pillar is known for being one of the toughest players in the MLB.
After spending some time on the ground in pain, Kevin Pillar got up and walked off the field without any assistance. Yeah, you could say he is tough.
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New York Mets general manager Luis Rojas required Pillar to go to the hospital immediately following the hit for testing. In a press conference after the game, Rojas addressed his player and his unknown injuries.
“Right now, he is in the hospital. They are doing a CT scan. We’ll find out more probably later tonight- something that we can share with you guys tomorrow potentially, but our trainer took him there. They are still doing some of the tests that they need to do to know what he has.
Kevin Pillar took to social media to confirm that he is okay while also thanking fans for the well wishes.
Update On Kevin Pillar Injuries
According to Fox News, this morning, the Mets released an updated statement on their player’s injuries, saying Pillar suffered “multiple nasal fractures” and will meet with doctors in Atlanta to discuss what’s next.
As a result of Pillar’s hit, the Mets went on to beat the Braves 3-1. Catcher James McCann, who scored as a result of Pillar’s hit, reveals his guilt for scoring on his teammate’s behalf.
“He gets hit by a pitch, and the last thing I’m thinking about is touching home plate,” said McCann. “Our thoughts and prayers are definitely with him.”
Braves manager Brian Snitker also commented on the injury, saying it the worst thing you can see in the sport.
“That’s about as sickening a thing as you can see on the baseball field when a kid gets hit like that,” Snitker said. “I keep that kid in my prayers and hope everything is okay.”