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Tampa Pitcher Alex Cobb Drilled by Liner in Head, Taken Off Field in Stretcher [Video] [Update]

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:

There appears to be some positive news trickling in that Cobb remained conscious during the entire incident:

 

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.

Update:

Related: Some of the Scariest Moments of MLB Pitchers Getting Hit in the Head [GIFs]

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