Brian Kotloff
Saturday June 15th, 2013

(J. Meric/Getty Images) Rays pitcher Alex Cobb was struck on the right side of his head by a line drive during Saturday's game at Tropicana Field. (J. Meric/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of the Royals' Eric Hosmer during Saturday's game at Tropicana Field. Cobb lay nearly motionless before being carried off the field in a stretcher.

According to reports, players gathered around the mound and Rays designated hitter Luke Scott led prayers before the Rays' medical staff took Cobb off the field through the home-plate tunnel. Pitcher James Shields, who the Rays traded to the Royals during the offseason, was in tears.

The ball came off the bat at 102.4 mph, according to Grantland's Jonah Keri.

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Cobb, 25, is in the midst of his first full major league season. He entered Saturday's game with a 6-2 record and 2.95 ERA.

The Rays tweeted that Cobb was brought to a local hospital and remained conscious the entire time. Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ was struck by a line drive on a similar play in May, suffering a skull fracture, and remains on the 60-day disabled list.

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