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.
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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.