Another reminder of just how exposed pitchers can be on the mound occurred during Tuesday's game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.
Diamondbacks rookie starter Archie Bradley suffered damage to his sinus cavity after taking a line drive off the right side of his face from a hit by Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez in the second inning. Bradley immediately went down and stayed on the mound for a few minutes before walking back to the dugout under his own power.
Bradley was transported to a Phoenix area hospital, where a CT scan revealed only slight sinus cavity damage and some significant swelling to the right side of his head, team officials said. He even managed to make it back to the stadium clubhouse before the end of the game, a 12-5 Diamondbacks victory.
"It's part of the game," Bradley told reporters after the game. "Obviously you hate to see it. It hurt pretty bad. But I hate it because now I don't know the diagnosis, how bad it is or even if it's bad at all."
Bradley said the comebacker knocked him out briefly.
"I tried to throw a curveball in there for a strike and I saw the pitch going towards the plate, then I woke up and I was laying down," he said. "I got myself together and opened my eyes. I could see, wiggled my feet and the next thing I know the trainers are there."
Diamondbacks trainer Ken Crenshaw said Bradley had no signs of a concussion and that, overall, he is doing very well considering the nature of the incident.
"The jaw looks great, his orbital looks great, vision's fine and all of those things looked really well," Crenshaw said. "So it looks favorable."
Still, Diamondbacks Manager Chip Hale said it's likely Bradley will end up on the disabled list.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.