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Video: Jameson Taillon hit in the head by a line drive, stays in the game


Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon took a line drive to the head and somehow was allowed to stay in the game. With one out in the top of the second, Hernan Perez sent a liner back through the middle at 105 MPH, ricocheting off of Taillon’s head and eventually resting in left field.

Taillon was tended to by team trainers, but stayed in the game and completed a scoreless second inning. He hit for himself in the bottom half and struck out against Brewers starter Junior Guerra.

Considering how serious the concussion issue is in the NFL, it would be wise for Major League Baseball to be even more stringent when it comes to letting players play through potential head injuries. Given the pressures put upon players — particularly younger players — we can’t expect them to make the best decisions when it comes to their personal health. If Taillon were to campaign for coming out of the game, he might be perceived as soft by the media or he may lose respect among his teammates and coaches. MLB should ensure that players that suffer head trauma aren’t forced to make the choice.

Braves place Sean Newcomb on concussion injured list

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The Atlanta Braves placed pitcher Sean Newcomb on the seven-day concussion list retroactive to Tuesday.

Newcomb was hit in the back of the head by a 102 m.p.h. line drive off the bat of J.T. Realmuto on Saturday night. The ball hit him so hard that it ricocheted to the screen behind the Phillies dugout. Despite that, Newcomb passed post-incident concussion tests and said he felt fine. It can take a little bit for concussion symptoms to become apparent, however, and that’s likely what happened here.

The Braves called up right-hander Huascar Ynoa from Triple-A Gwinnett to take Newcomb’s place on the roster.