Angels’ Shoemaker sustains skull fracture on line drive to head
Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker underwent emergency surgery to stop internal bleeding in his head after being struck by a line drive during a game on Sunday, the team announced on Monday, according to ESPN's Jayson Stark.
The surgery was successful, and Shoemaker is expected to make a full recovery though he will not pitch again this season, Stark reports.
Shoemaker exited Sunday's game immediately after being struck by the line drive, which was hit by Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager. He underwent a CT scan at a local hospital, which revealed he sustained a small skull fracture and hematoma from the incident, the team announced.
Shoemaker was speaking, interacting and doing well, the team later added, but he spent the night in the hospital for continued observation before undergoing the surgery.
It is estimated that the ball left Seager's bat at 105 miles per hour, according to Statcast.
Watch the line drive shot below:
Shoemaker entered Sunday's game with a 3.91 ERA and 9-13 record.
The Angels went on to win the game, 4–2, and sit in fourth place of the American League West Division with a 60–75 record