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Dan Jennings takes line drive to the head (Video)

Miami Marlins relief pitcher Dan Jennings was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jordy Mercer on Thursday night. Jennings nearly got his glove up to block the ball but instead was drilled directly in the side of the head.

The scene got very scary from there, as the 27-year-old tried to walk it off but was clearly dazed. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and manager Mike Redmond immediately raced to the mound with team trainers. Jennings was removed from the game and later diagnosed with a concussion.

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“He was responding to the questions (trainer Sean Cunningham) was asking him,” Redmond said. “His eyes were open the whole time. He didn’t lose consciousness. He was responding.”

The ball deflected so hard off Jennings’ head that it stayed in the air long enough for shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to catch it for the out. Jennings later tweeted that he was doing well.

Given how bad that looked, a concussion was probably the best case scenario. We’ve seen a number of pitchers get nailed in the head with line drives in the past, and most of them have been very lucky. Here’s hoping Jennings has a speedy recovery.

Danny Jennings Leaves Bench During West Virginia Game, Likely Done

There was a quite bizarre occurrence during the West Virginia-South Florida game Sunday. The Mountaineers won 56-46 to improve to 13-5 and did so a man down. Sophomore Danny Jennings did not play in the game, and actually left the team about two minutes into the second half. Coach Bob Huggins didn’t know what to make of the situation after the game, saying “It’s unexcused. Inexcusable, he’ll never be seen again, I guess.”

It’s quite possible that Jennings got into a fight with his coach at halftime, because leaving his teammates during a game doesn’t make much sense. Huggins has been unhappy with Jennings’ attitude the entire season. If you recall, Danny and Truck Bryant were not invited to travel to the team’s game against VMI in November. Huggins was disappointed with the players’ practice efforts and disregard for the coach’s instructions.

The 6’8″ sophomore forward from Staten Island seemed to have plenty of talent but a bad attitude. If you can’t get along with Huggins — who generally has an excellent relationship with his players — then something must be wrong with you. Just leaving his team during a game probably says enough about Jennings’ attitude in itself. At least now the equipment team won’t have to worry about screwups anymore.

(via Just Sports & Just Us)

West Virginia Misspells Danny Jennings’ Name on Jersey

How common is it for athletes in the national spotlight to have to play with misspelled names on their jerseys?  Pretty common if Sunday was any indication.  If we were talking intramural sports at the local middle school, it might not be as shocking — but we aren’t.  We already showed you a picture of Kevin Williams’ misspelled jersey on Sunday, and now SbB Live has pointed out that the same thing happened to West Virginia’s Danny Jennings.  Here’s a picture of Danny Jennings’ misspelled West Virginia jersey:

Are we missing something here?  This type of thing practically never happens, let alone twice in the same day.  Was Sunday National Piss Players Off by Spelling Their Names Wrong Day or something?  Let’s be serious, “Jennings” and “Williams” are not the most difficult names to spell.