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Matt Moore okay after taking comebacker to the face

Mar 23, 2014, 7:02 PM EDT

In the fourth inning of Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, Matt Moore took a comebacker to the face off of the bat of Xander Bogaerts. Moore appeared to at least partially deflect the ball and had the presence of mind to chase after the ball and throw out Bogaerts at first base to end the inning.

Video of the incident:

Moore left the game under his own power with a team trainer. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times said there didn’t appear to be any urgency. After the game, Topkin reported that Moore got a couple stitches for a laceration on his lip, and that the lefty wasn’t showing any symptoms of a concussion.

Moore says he should be ready to start the regular season. Maddon is as optimistic, but will defer to the team’s medical staff.

The incident had more gravity as a result of the gruesome injury suffered by Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman last week.

  1. indaburg - Mar 23, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Damn, that was a close call. I think everyone’s heart sinks when the ball off the bat takes that trajectory.

  2. randygnyc - Mar 23, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    The most frightening thing about these occurrences is that there isn’t really much that can be done to prevent them. Had his hands not come up this would have hit him flush and been much more serious. Glad he’s not seriously hurt.

    As an aside, I wonder if these pitchers get “gun shy”, although I’m not sure they admit it they were? Can’t blame them if they are.

    • hittfamily - Mar 24, 2014 at 1:06 AM

      They do. I pitched in college, and never took one in the face, but had my knee blown up as a freshman, and cracked my tibia as a junior on comebackers. My knee swelled up to the size of a volleyball. On crutches for a week, and pitching again in 3 weeks, so nothing serious.

      You know as soon as the ball leaves your hand where it’s going, and if it’s going to a location that will likely end up coming back at you, you don’t finish your follow through, and get into a fielding position a little sooner. When throwing to the outside corner, you are going to slow your follow through to be ready for a comebacker, which causes loss of velocity and eventually arm troubles. At least that’s how it was with me.

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