Pitcher Juan Nicasio of the Colorado Rockies is attended to by medical staff on the mound after being hit in the face by a ball while pitching against the Washington Nationals during their game at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. Nicasio's teammates Ian Stewart, Chris Iannetta and Todd Helton watch on in the background. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
Juan Nicasio left Friday night's game between the Colorado Rockies and Washington Nationals after being hit in the face by an Ian Desmond line drive. Nicasio stayed down for several minutes and left the field on a stretcher.
A scary scene unfolded in Colorado on Friday night as Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio was hit with a line drive off the bat of Ian Desmond. Nicasio was unable to get a glove up to deflect the incoming ball, taking the brunt of the impact square in the face. Trainers rushed to attend to Nicasio, immobilizing him and taking him off the field on the stretcher.
Here is video of the incident. Warning: the video is graphic.
No word on the extent of Nicasio's injuries, but the situation appeared to be very serious at the time. The video shows Nicasio going straight to the ground after being hit, and lying motionless on the mound for several moments. However, he did appear to be moving his arms and was responsive as trainers took him off the field, though it's unknown what, if any, trauma he received from the batted ball.