Max Stassi must have done something to anger the baseball gods.
The Houston Astros rookie catcher was called up to the bigs earlier this week and even enjoyed his very first MLB hit. That's when things went from bad to quite frightening.
Bro Bible posted the following GIF that shows Stassi getting plunked in the face by a pitch from the Rangers' Tanner Scheppers:
ESPN has a full report on the incident and even notes the pitch from the Rangers reliever was a 96 mph fastball. You can watch the scary moment in their video recap of the game:
Because fate has a sick sense of humor, Stassi was credited with his very first RBI after getting plunked in the face.
ESPN managed to get more on the situation from manager Bo Porter:
He's at the hospital right now and we will get a full report when they run all the tests, but we do not have any updates right now. But it was a scary situation. I think it hit him in the shoulder and then in the face, so that probably lessened some of the blow. It was frightening. They brought him straight in and took him to the hospital.
This seems to be the week for harrowing moments at the plate, because the Braves' Jason Heyward was also drilled in the face this week and suffered a broken jaw, via Yahoo! Sports.
We certainly hope Porter is correct and that Stassi's shoulder saved his young catcher from a truly horrible injury.
Astros fans will be pulling for Stassi, who has had a rather tumultuous start to his career. While his head injury will be foremost on people's minds, the week started with far more levity.
On Tuesday, Stassi went 2-for-3 in his first game as an Astro. However, it will be a day far more memorable for what happened when he took to second base for the first time as an MLB player.
In the fifth inning, Stassi went to second on a grounder up the middle. Thinking he was out on the force play, he wandered off the bag, only to be tagged out.
Here's hoping Stassi makes a quick recovery and is back on the field in no time, because the baseball gods owe him one.
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