This isn’t a pleasant video to look at, folks. In the top of the fifth inning of Saturday afternoon’s Rays/Royals game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Tampa starter Alex Cobb took a liner to the head off the bat of Eric Hosmer. Cobb was quickly attended to and taken off the field in a stretcher. He didn’t make a motion to the crowd while being taken away to a nearby hospital. Players on both teams looked very shaken up.
Then there is this (awful) detail:
Velocity of ball hit by Eric Hosmer that struck Alex Cobb in the head: 102.4 mph.
— Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) June 15, 2013
There appears to be some positive news trickling in that Cobb remained conscious during the entire incident:
#Rays say RHP Alex Cobb was struck on right ear, remained conscious the entire time and was taken to a local hospital.
— MLB (@MLB) June 15, 2013
In an unfortunate coincidence, the Tropicana Dome was the sight of an eerily similar scene earlier this season when Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ was hit in the head.
This is scary stuff. There was some talk last winter about increasing padding in pitcher’s hats to increase protection in cases like this. Expect those talks to increase after what happened to Cobb Saturday afternoon.
#Rays say Cobb has mild discussion and all tests are normal
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) June 15, 2013
Cobber is way more tough than me!! Laughing at jokes and the name they gave him!! Please keep him and his family in your prayers
— David Price (@DAVIDprice14) June 15, 2013