NEW YORK - New York Mets outfielder Kevin Pillar suffered multiple nasal fractures when he was hit in the face by a fastball. The Mets say Pillar will meet with a facial specialist in Atlanta to determine the next steps.
In a frightening scene that shook both teams, Pillar was drilled square in the nose by a 95 mph pitch from Braves reliever Jacob Webb with the bases loaded in the seventh inning Monday night.
Pillar was knocked to the ground, and blood poured from his nose when he lifted his head. After the game, Mets manager Luis Rojas said the veteran outfielder was taken to the hospital for a CT scan. Pillar later provided an encouraging update on his Twitter account.
"Thanks to everyone that has reached out! Scary moment but I’m doing fine!" he posted.
Starter Taijuan Walker also was forced to leave the 3-1 win over the Braves, joining a long list of injured Mets players. Walker pitched only three innings, allowing one hit and no runs, before exiting with tightness in his left side. He was to have an MRI.
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The injuries to Walker and Pillar came after the Mets added two regulars to the injured list before the game. Ace starter Jacob deGrom already is on the IL, recovering from right side tightness.
New York placed outfielder Michael Conforto and second baseman Jeff McNeil on the 10-day IL with hamstring injuries.
Baseball will be in full swing at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field beginning May 19 as fully vaccinated people will be allowed to enjoy the game while those unvaccinated will be limited at 33% capacity of the stadiums.
"Not Yankees-Mets, vaccinated -unvaccinated," announced NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this month. "Vaccinated people: normal capacity. Normal seating for people who are vaccinated. Sit next to each other in a section. Sit next to a friend. Sit next to your family. Just normal capacity. Normal seating. Vaccinated families who have children 16 and under who is not eligible, that child can be seated with the family."
With the Associated Press