Update (7:35 PM EDT): Shoemaker has a skull fracture and a hematoma, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. He’s staying in a hospital in Seattle and will see a neurologist. Shoemaker is also awake and speaking, which is good to hear.
A scary moment happened in the second inning of Sunday afternoon’s game between the Angels and Mariners. Angels starter Matt Shoemaker took a line drive off of the head, hit by Kyle Seager. Both teams’ trainers came out to treat him and eventually helped him off the field.
Shoemaker was relieved by Deolis Guerra. He allowed the one hit to Seager while striking out two in 1 1/3 innings.
The Angels say Shoemaker is alert and responsive after suffering a laceration on the right side of his head, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. He’s going to the hospital for a CT scan.
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.
According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.