Friday, June 20, 2008
Halladay in head hit by line drive, but not injured
PITTSBURGH -- Toronto ace Roy Halladay got a scare, but apparently wasn't injured, while being struck in the right temple by Nyjer Morgan's line drive in the seventh inning of the Blue Jays' 1-0, 12-inning loss in Pittsburgh on Friday night.
Halladay pitched seven shutout innings in the loss, Toronto's sixth in a row, on the day the team fired manager John Gibbons and replaced him with World Series-winning manager Cito Gaston.
Pittsburgh loaded the bases in the seventh on singles by Adam LaRoche and Mientkiewicz and an intentional walk with two outs. Halladay then threw his glove up to deflect Morgan's shot to third baseman Scott Rolen for the inning-ending out.
Teammates rushed to check on Halladay, who looked shaken but uninjured and got to his feet moments after being struck. The Blue Jays didn't announce until just before the game ended that Halladay was struck in the right temple; TV replays appeared to show the Halladay's glove absorbing most of the impact.
"The first thing he asked me was, `What happened on the play?' " catcher Rod Barajas said. "He was aware and that was the good thing. He [Morgan] hit it pretty good. ... It's the scariest play in baseball, the comebackers back to the pitcher."
Halladay underwent precautionary X-rays after the game, but showed no signs of being hit by the ball. Halladay apologized for not talking to reporters after the game, saying he needed to go to the hospital to be checked.
"We just think it's a contusion," Gaston said. "The doctors are checking him out, but I believe he's OK."
Halladay, the 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner, is 8-6 with a 2.90 ERA.