A scary incident happened in St. Louis, as Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of the Cardinals’ Luke Voit. The ball speed coming off the bat was reportedly 108-mph which is horrifying just to think about.
Although he tried to duck away from the drive, the ball was simply coming too fast and all he was able to do was turn his head so it didn’t hit him in the face.
Based on the video below, in which you can watch the entire sequence of events, it looks as if he successfully shielded the most vulnerable parts of his head and it hit him squarely in the back of the skull.
This is what just happened to Robbie Ray in St. Louis. pic.twitter.com/9F37Dwd1bU— Shane Dale (@ShaneDaleABC15) July 29, 2017
The ball careened off of Ray’s head and all the way into foul territory, to give you a sense of how powerfully it was hit.
Ray was eventually removed from the field on a cart sitting up, gesturing to the crowd on his way out of the stadium. Him simply being alert is a good sign, even though it is hard to deduce anything concrete medically from a few minutes of interactions without official assessment.
The Diamondbacks released a statement letting everybody know that Ray remained alert and was being sent to the hospital for tests. Hopefully Ray’s injury isn’t too serious and he will be back on the mound soon.