The breakout season of Robbie Ray appeared to end in brutal, violent fashion when the Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher took a Luke Voit line drive, measured at 108 MPH, off the head in Arizona’s 1-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.
The second-inning liner hit him so hard, Diamondbacks third baseman Daniel Descalso caught the ball on the fly in foul territory before immediately focusing attention to his injured pitcher.
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After crumpling to the ground and soaking his cap in blood, Ray went to the hospital, where a CT scan came back clean.
“Thank goodness everything came out okay,” said a teary Torey Lovullo, Arizona’s manager. “He went and had a CT scan and everything checked out in a very good way. He had three sutures put in to close up the wound.
“He’s going to go through the MLB concussion protocol, so we’ll have more in the coming days about what we’re going to do.”
After his trip to the hospital, Ray returned to the clubhouse, where he showered and spoke with some teammates, leaving for home before the contest ended.
“He sounded good,” said relieved reliever T.J. McFarland. “He was in good spirits. He’s going to be all right.”
In May, Voit saw a minor league teammate take a line drive off the head. That teammate, Daniel Poncedeleon, required surgery on his brain and has yet to pitch again.
Voit was understandably shaken.
“Someone can die, you know,” the Cardinals first baseman said. “It’s scary. I can’t imagine going through that. You wouldn’t wish that on anyone.
“When I hit it, I knew I hit it good. My heart went in my throat. You know, it could happen to me, too, if a pitch would ever get away. When I saw the replay, I felt so bad.”
The 25-year-old Robbie Ray owns an ERA of 3.11 and has struck out a whopping 151 batters in 118.2 innings in 2017. He was named to his first All-Star team this season.