Pirates starter Ryan Vogelsong took a pitch to the face in the bottom of the second from Rockies pitcher Jordan Lyles. Vogelsong quickly crumpled to the ground in pain. Though he was eventually able to pick himself up and sit down in a fairly alert manner, Vogelsong left the game, being carted off for medical attention.
Prior to the pitch, Pirates announcers ominously said “Don’t hit him” as the only thing Lyles couldn’t do, as the count on Vogelsong was 0-2. Seconds later, Vogelsong was on the ground. The 92 mph fastball from Lyles seemed to hit both the batting helmet and Vogelsong’s face, cutting him near the eye. Pirates trainer Todd Tomcyzk covered the side of his face with a towel while helping him. Some posted pictures of the gruesome scene to Twitter.
The Pirates had the bases loaded at the time; despite the extremely unfortunate events, the scary HBP resulted in a run for Pittsburgh, extending their lead at the time to 2-0.
Vogelsong, 38, came into the game with a 1-1 record and 4.12 ERA in 11 appearances for the Pirates. Having transitioned to a bullpen arm, Vogelsong was actually starting today’s game after Saturday’s game was postponed due to rain, necessitating a spot start. He was replaced on the mound by Pittsburgh reliever Wilfredo Boscan. This is actually Vogelsong’s second stint with the Pirates; in December 2015 he signed a 1 year contract after spending the last 5 years on the Giants’ staff.
Social media was quick to react, with even the rival Rockies sending their regards to Vogelsong.
Update: Nicole Vogelsong, Ryan’s wife, has tweeted that he is stable. More information will be available tomorrow.