It didn't look good last night after Bryan Mitchell was hit in the face with an Eduardo Nunez line drive. As the blood flowed from his face, everyone wondered how much of the kid's season would flow away from him. It now appears that it won't be that much.
Mitchell sustained only a small nasal fracture, and they will be monitoring him for a few days to see if he has a concussion. To state the obvious, it could have been much, much worse.
Now the old question comes up again: How long will it be before pitchers are forced to wear protection on the mound? Are they going to wait until someone dies?
Everyone remembers why first and third base coaches were forced to start wearing helmets. Mike Coolbaugh died after being hit with a line drive while coaching first base in a minor league game. Is that what we're waiting for in the case of pitchers?
Right now there is this optional, Kevlar cap available:
However, I doubt this would have provided much protection to Mitchell last night. There needs to more, and it needs to be mandatory. Hopefully, it won't take a death for it to happen.
In other news last night, the Yankees won! They increased their AL East division lead over Toronto to a full game. Congratulations on the win,
Congratulations, too, on the great start to HOPE Week. Chris Singleton is a very deserving young man.
HOPE Week continues today and the series against the Twins continues tonight. Congrats to today's honoree and go Yankees!