It was not a good night to be the noggin of an MLB player last night, as there were two scary incidents that left players with concussions that could have been much, much worse. Fortunately, it doesn’t appear that either Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda or New York Mets third baseman David Wright will have long-term issues resulting from their incidents on Saturday night.
The first to go down was Wright, who took a 93-mph fastball from the Giants’ Matt Cain to the side of the head. He stayed down for several minutes but eventually walked off under his own power. The was taken to the hospital where, as Yogi Berra may or may not have said, “they took X-rays of my head and found nothing.”
Video of the incident after the jump, including the sickening sound of ball meeting helmet:
Doctors didn’t quite find “nothing” when they did a CT scan: not only does Wright have a wicked headache but also “post-concussion symptoms,” which explains why Mets manager Jerry “Schleprock” Manuel said that Wright might be out for a few games - or the rest of the season. Because the Mets need more injuries problems this season. (Make your own “Curse of Citi Field” reference here.)
Meanwhile, in what was (for my money) even scarier, Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda was hospitalized overnight after taking a line drive from Diamondbacks’ pinch-hitter Rusty Ryal on the side of the head. At least Wright has a helmet to protect him from damage, while Kuroda only has his glove (which didn’t work in this case). As you can see in the video, the ball hit Kuroda so hard that it went into the stands between home and the third base dugout on one hop:
Ouch. Kuroda has since been released from the hospital, but the incident was not only frightening, it was a seeming catalyst for a Dodgers collapse, as their lead in the NL West has shrunk to 4 1/2 games after Jonathan Broxton gave up two solo home runs in the ninth to let Arizona tie the game, followed by Ramon Troncoso giving up the winning run in the 10th. Could this be a chance for the Dodgers to rally like they did after Manny Ramirez’s suspension? Or will they look back on last night as when it all started to go wrong?