Angels Pitcher Undergoes Emergency Brain Surgery After Being Hit by Line Drive

Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker underwent emergency brain surgery late Sunday night in Seattle to stop bleeding after being hit in the head by a line drive. General Manager Billy Eppler said the surgery, performed by Dr. Manuel Ferreira, was successful and that Shoemaker was speaking.

Starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker #52 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is helped off the field after being hit in the head with a batted ball off the bat of Kyle Seager of the Seattle Mariners in the second inning at Safeco Field on Sept. 4, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Credit: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker #52 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is helped off the field after being hit in the head with a batted ball off the bat of Kyle Seager of the Seattle Mariners in the second inning at Safeco Field on Sept. 4, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Credit: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Pitching in Sunday’s second inning against the Mariners, Shoemaker was struck in the right side of the head by a 105-mph line drive off the bat of Seattleā€™s Kyle Seager at Safeco Field. The ball caromed into foul territory and Shoemaker fell to the dirt immediately. Trainers hurried to his aid, the crowd hushed and players rushed to be near.

After examination at the ballpark demonstrated he was responsive, Shoemaker was transported to Harborview Medical Center. Initial CT scans showed he suffered a small skull fracture and a hematoma. Doctors administered additional scans and at about 9 p.m., a third set of scans showed the bleeding had not ceased.

Shoemaker was wheeled into surgery. While the team traveled to Oakland for its 1 p.m. game today against the Athletics, Angels head athletic trainer Adam Nevala stayed in Seattle to tend to the 29-year-old right-hander, and will remain there until Shoemaker is ready to return to Orange County, which the team hopes will be later this week.

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