LOS ANGELES: Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Rymer Liriano was stretchered off and taken to hospital after being struck a horrifying blow to the face while batting against Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Matt West in a pre-season game on Sunday (Monday in Manila).
West’s pitch in the eighth inning struck Liriano flush on the left side of his face, just below the brim of his batting helmet and he crumpled to the ground, his arms and legs flailing.
Team trainers and medical staff tended him before he was immobilized then driven off the field to a waiting ambulance and taken to hospital.
“Rymer Liriano suffered multiple facial fractures during today’s game and will remain in the hospital for further testing and observation,” the Brewers wrote on their official Twitter feed late Sunday.
Earlier Brewers manager Craig Counsell had said that Liriano was conscious but added: “It’s serious.”
“He got hit in the head. I can’t give you many details.”
The Brewers acquired Liriano, 25, from the San Diego Padres in the off-season. A .277 hitter with 68 home runs and 378 RBIs, he was expected to compete for the Brewers starting job and is out of minor league options.
Head injuries are a growing area of concern in many sports.
The Liriano incident comes just 16 months after Australian international cricketer Phillip Hughes died after being struck on the head while batting in a domestic match in Sydney.