Mitch Haniger takes a ball to the nose!! Hope he recovers. OUCH! pic.twitter.com/uW9Qt9HY8s
— Gametime Blitz (@GametimeBlitz) July 29, 2017
Seattle Mariners right fielder Mitch Haniger was smashed in the face by a 95 mph fastball from New York Mets starter Jacob deGrom. During the second inning of Saturday’s game, a blistering 95-MPH fastball got away from deGrom and drilled Haniger right in his face. Blood poured from his mouth after he suffered a cut on his mouth. The 26-year-old was stunned and in pain as he laid down in the batter’s box for a couple minutes, but was able to walk off the field.
The Mariners called his injury a mouth contusion, and said he was fully alert and undergoing testing.
Haringer was replaced by pinch-runner Guillermo Heredia. This comes a day after Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray was struck in the head by a 108.1 miles per hour line drive hit by St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Luke Voit. Ray was taken to the hospital and had tests to see if he suffered a concussion. Baseball can be absolutely frightening.