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Dan Jennings diagnosed with concussion after being hit in head by line drive

Aug 7, 2014, 11:28 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Joe Frisaro of reports that a CT scan came back negative, but that Jennings has been diagnosed with a concussion. He will stay overnight at the hospital for observation.

10:30 p.m. ET: Joe Frisaro of passes along word that Jennings has been taken to an area hospital for further evaluation.

9:48 p.m. ET: Scary moment tonight in Pittsburgh, as Marlins left-hander Dan Jennings was hit in the left side of his head by a line drive off the bat of Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer in the bottom of the seventh inning. The video is here.

Jennings never lost consciousness after he was hit by the ball, but he immediately appeared dazed and struggled to gain his balance. He was eventually carted off the field and received a standing ovation from the crowd at PNC Park. Jennings acknowledged the crowd by raising his hand, which was nice to see.

Jennings will surely be sent for a battery of tests, so we’ll pass along an update when it’s made available by the team. Here’s hoping for the best.

  1. bfunk1978 - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Scary stuff. Here’s hoping for the best! 😦

  2. Old Gator - Aug 7, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Fingers crossed. Hang in there and come back as soon as it’s safe, Dan.

  3. chacochicken - Aug 7, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Let’s keep making fun of the protective hats. Clearly this is better than the possibility of looking silly.

  4. baseballlifestyle101 - Aug 7, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Reblogged this on Baseball Lifestyle101.

  5. Old Gator - Aug 7, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Some more detail: the ball came off of Jordy Mercer’s bat at 101 MPH, caught Jennings on the upper right side of his head and bounced straight up and then back in an arc far enough to be caught on the fly by shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria for the out. That’s a hard hit ball. Jennings staggered around as if he were looking for the ball, like he thought he might have a play – instinct at work; he was clearly clobbered but good – but he did not fall down. As his teammates and trainers ran to his side, the stadium went quiet as a library. Mercer, meanwhile, crouched in the basepath watching Jennings being assisted by Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the trainers and staff, looking worried and, it looked to me, praying for Jennings to be OK. When Jennings was able to walk, with assistance, to the groundskeeper’s cart and waved to the crowd to signal that he was more or less OK as he was being driven off the field, no one in that stadium looked more relieved than Mercer.

    • apkyletexas - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:01 AM

      As a Pirates fan, I would much rather have lost to the Marlins tonight than to see this happen. That was some scary stuff the way he looked so disoriented and couldn’t stand on his own.

      Watching the game we couldn’t figure out if they were going to put him on the stretcher or not – much better that he didn’t have to get strapped down. I think the fact that they didn’t have to use a stretcher should mean that there wasn’t any real structural damage. I guess the CT being negative probably means he doesn’t have any bleeding in the brain.

  6. NatsLady - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Jennings has been diagnosed with a concussion. CT scan negative. He also tweeted out his thanks for Pirates and Marlins support.

  7. 1998yanks - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Another scary situation. I am so glad he is going to be OK.

  8. tigersfandan - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Wow. It’s not surprising that he would be dazed, but it was still a little alarming to see the look on his face as he kneeling/standing on the mound. Hope he’s gonna be okay.

  9. nokoolaidcowboy - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    God speed Dude. Here’s hoping you’re back out there doing your thing!

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