Matt Shoemaker readmitted to hospital

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Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker was admitted to a local hospital for observation, according to Angels general manager Billy Eppler. The pitcher said he felt discomfort and swelling in his head and was taken to a hospital where he will remain over night.

Matt Shoemaker
Matt Shoemaker

On September 4 Shoemaker was it in the head by a line drive off the bat of Kyle Seager, third baseman for the Seattle Mariners. Shoemaker was diagnosed with a skull fracture and a hematoma in Seattle. He underwent surgery there before coming back to Southern California.

The surgery in Seattle was deemed a success and the Angels said he would return to the lineup in 2017. Currently he is on the 15-day disabled list.

Seager’s hit had an exit velocity of 105 mph. Shoemaker tried to avoid the ball but it struck him on the right temple area. As medical staff from both teams tended to the injured Shoemaker on the mound, Seager appeared shaken up by the experience.

After the game he told the media, “That was terrifying. That was probably the scariest thing I’ve ever seen on a baseball field. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him. That’s a lot bigger than baseball. That was real.”

Mariners’ manager Scott Servais said, “That’s a scary moment. I felt terrible for him. Hopefully, he’s going to be OK. I certainly know Matt and think a lot of him as a person and a pitcher. That was a really, really scary moment.”

Kyle Seager
Kyle Seager

Shoemaker was able to walk off the field with assistance, but eventually went to a local hospital.

The Mariners’ third baseman is having the best season of his career, with a batting average of .294, 28 homeruns and 92 RBI.

Matt Shoemaker was having a good season, posting a 3.88 ERA, but with a record of 9-13.

Earlier in the season our reporter, Claudia Gestro, interviewed both players; Seager when the Mariners faced the Angels in a four-game series in August and Shoemaker in July when the Texas Rangers were at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. The videos are below.

Photos by Claudia Gestro