Royals starter Ryan Yarbrough hit in face by line drive, exits vs. A’s

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The Tampa Bay Rays’ game against the Oakland Athletics on Monday took a scary turn when starting pitcher Ryan Yarbrough was hit in the face by a line drive in the third inning. Yarbrough was forced to leave the game with what was later diagnosed as a contusion on his forehead.

The incident occurred when A’s third baseman Matt Chapman hit a sharp line drive up the middle and it struck Yarbrough directly in the face. The left-handed pitcher immediately fell to the ground, clutching his head in pain. The Rays’ medical staff quickly rushed to his aid, and he was helped off the field after a few minutes.

Yarbrough was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation, but thankfully, he was released after being diagnosed with a contusion. He will need to undergo further evaluation, but the team has stated that he is in good spirits and recovering.

The incident serves as a stark reminder of the dangers faced by pitchers on the mound. A line drive traveling at a high speed can be a deadly weapon, and pitchers are often in harm’s way. Enough force behind the ball can cause serious injuries, and it’s not uncommon for pitchers to suffer from concussions or facial fractures as a result.

Baseball has taken steps to increase player safety in recent years, including mandating the use of protective headgear for pitchers, but incidents like this one are a stark reminder of how much work still needs to be done.

The Tampa Bay Rays will have to rely on their bullpen to carry the load until Yarbrough is ready to return to the mound. The team has already dealt with several injuries this season, and losing their starting pitcher for an extended period of time would be a significant blow to their chances of contending for a playoff spot.

Despite the loss of Yarbrough, the Rays were able to rally and beat the A’s 4-3 thanks to a clutch hitting performance from Manuel Margot and Joey Wendle. The team will need more performances like that if they hope to overcome their injury woes and make a run in the tough American League East division.

In the end, though, the most important thing is for Yarbrough to make a full recovery and return to the mound as soon as possible. Baseball is just a game, and players’ health and safety should always be the top priority.

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