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Sean Newcomb leaves game in third inning after taking line drive to his head

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Sean Newcomb had to leave his start early on Saturday after getting hit by a line drive.

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One of the absolute scariest things about the game of baseball is when a line drive comes right back at a pitcher. There are guys who throw 100+ mph that would definitely be scary to get a HBP from, but the batter is prepared for a ball headed in his direction. That isn’t always the case with pitchers, pitchers are often not in a great position to defend themselves after their delivery, and it is often true that the liners that head their way are coming in harder than any pitch would.

Unfortunately, Sean Newcomb had to experience that on Thursday night as he was struck in the back of the head by a line drive off the bat of J.T. Realmuto that had an exit velocity of 102 mph. Realmuto’s reaction immediately was horror, but fortunately after the training staff tended to Newcomb, he was able to leave the game under his own power. Touki Toussaint came into the game to relieve him.

As of this moment, there aren’t any updates into Newcomb’s condition and we will make them available when they are released.