Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold left Friday’s game after being hit in the left side of his face by a pitch by Tampa Bay Rays starter Alex Cobb, according to MLB.com.
Reimold immediately dropped down to the ground and remained facedown for several minutes while doctors examined him, according to MLB.com. He remained conscious the entire time and left the field holding his cheek. He was taken to a nearby hospital and was said to be awake and alert, according to MLB.com.
"It's probably the worst feeling you can have as a pitcher, seeing something like that," said Cobb. "Being the cause of taking a step back in his career possibly, it's something we never want to see on a baseball field. And when you're the cause of it, it's a feeling you can't describe." Reimold, 28, hit .247 with 13 home runs and 45 RBIs last season for Baltimore. He broke out in his rookie year in 2009, hitting .279 with 15 home runs and 45 RBIs, but struggled in 2010 before rebounding last season.