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

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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 sign veteran right-hander Tomlin to minor league deal

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The Atlanta Braves have signed right-hander Josh Tomlin to a minor league contract with an invitation to the team’s major league camp.

The 34-year-old Tomlin, who was released by Milwaukee on Wednesday, had a 6.14 ERA in 32 games, including nine starts, with Cleveland in 2018. Tomlin was 61-53 with a 4.77 ERA in nine seasons with the Indians.

Tomlin was 2-1 with a 4.80 ERA in five games with the Brewers this spring after joining the team on a minor league deal.

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