With the amount of comeback line drives that are hit in the direction of pitchers, it’s amazing there are so few serious injuries. Unfortunately, scares like this have become part of the game. St. Louis Cardinals reliever Blake Hawksworth was taken to the hospital Saturday after he was drilled in the face with a line drive off the bat of Cubs outfielder Sam Fuld. Hawksworth suffered severe lacerations to his face and lip but somehow seems to have avoided a concussion. He walked off the field under his own power and will reportedly be kept overnight in the hospital.
The video is tough to watch, so I’d only check it out if you have the stomach to watch a baseball hitting someone in the face. You can also see blood collecting pretty rapidly on his jersey right after he goes down. Here’s the Blake Hawksworth line drive to the face video:
Between this and Dan Mason’s dislocated knee, it’s been a pretty gruesome few days for the sports world.
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