A scary scene is unfolding in Lakeland, Florida right now following Blue Jays reliever T.J. House being hit in the head with a comebacker.
According to those in attendance, House was hit by a line drive off the bat of Tigers catcher John Hicks that hit his head/facial area and caromed 30 feet in the air. Trainers and doctors surrounded House and attended to him for several minutes. He laid flat on the ground on his stomach for most of that time. Eventually an ambulance came out onto the field and took him away. As he was being loaded in he did give the thumbs-up signal to the crowd, so hopefully that means he’s OK.
Obviously we’ll update you if and when we get further information. In the meantime, keep a good thought for T.J. House.
UPDATE: There’s no update on House’s current condition, but he was apparently bleeding pretty profusely after being hit. He never lost consciousness, however, so that’s a good sign.
The Giants placed outfielder Hunter Pence on the 10-day disabled list with a right thumb sprain, per an official announcement on Friday. Pence initially sustained the injury during the club’s home opener on April 3, when he dove to intercept a line drive double from Robinson Cano and jammed his thumb. Weeks of playing through the pain hasn’t worked, so he’ll take a breather while the Giants give outfielder Mac Williamson a chance to start in left after getting called up from Triple-A Fresno.
Pence, 35, wouldn’t pin his recent struggles on his injury, but it’s clear that he’s having difficulty finding his footing this year. He slashed a meager .172/.197/.190 through 61 plate appearances in 2018, collecting just one extra-base hit and two walks during the Giants’ dismal 7-11 stretch. While it’s far too early in the season to make any final judgments, it doesn’t look like the veteran outfielder will be replicating the .275+ average, 4.0+ fWAR totals of years past (at least, not anytime soon).
Williamson, meanwhile, has gotten off to a hot start in Triple-A. Prior to his call-up this weekend, the 27-year-old batted an incredible .487/.600/1.026 with six home runs and a 1.626 OPS through his first 50 PA. A hot Triple-A bat doesn’t always survive the transition to the majors, but the Giants will use all the help they can get — especially as they take on the AL West-leading Angels this weekend.