Colin Moran a third baseman for the Houston Astros had to leave Saturday’s night game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards after he fouled a ball off the side of his face.
Moran, a rookie who is 24, was hurt while at bat during the sixth inning. An inside pitch from Darren O’Day a reliever for the Orioles, was fouled straight up and into the area around Moran’s left eye.
After swinging and fouling the ball, Moran dropped to his knees clutching his face, which started to immediately bleed. Following a lengthy time on his back on the field, with trainers all around him, including for a brief time trying to stand up but was unsuccessful, he was taken from the field in a cart.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch said the incident was very scary. He added that he went onto the field to check on Moran and there was blood all over his face and blood is not generally seen often in baseball.
Medical personnel immediately took Moran to a nearby hospital where doctors evaluated his situation to check for fractures and or a concussion, said Hinch.
He added that he expected Moran would be placed on the team’s disabled list. Updated information on Moran’s status will be released later Sunday by the Astros.
Moran was in just his second game for his career in the major leagues after he was called up on Tuesday following an injury to Carlos Correa the starting shortstop for Houston.
On Saturday, before he fouled the pitch off his face, Moran had been 1 for 2. Marwin Gonzalez replaced him at bat and proceeded to hit a three-run homer to give the Astros a lead of 6-4.
Gonzalez after the game said the situation with Moran was very scary for the team and he focused on just having a strong at bat, but hit the home run that helped them win the game.
Baltimore reliever O’Day, whose pitch was fouled off by Moran, experienced a number of different emotions.
He said that he has had good friends who have been in accidents like Moran’s and never knew if they would play again or were not able to play again.
The Astros are well on their way to winning their second American League West title in the last three seasons.
Houston is 65-32 on the season and 17 games in front of second place Seattle.