Bird Gets Hit During Pirates Batting Practice, Players Hurry to Save It

Zac Wassink@ ColumnistApril 12, 2017

Members of the Pittsburgh Pirates rushed to save a bird injured during batting practice before Wednesday's home game against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park. 

Per Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh first baseman Josh Bell accidentally struck the bird, which landed injured in the outfield.     

Relief pitcher Antonio Bastardo and outfielder Gregory Polanco sprung into action to save the avian creature, and Starling Marte showed it some affection.             

Meanwhile, pitching coach Ray Searage offered an unusual suggestion, via Nesbitt: 


At least this bird seemingly had a better day than the one struck by a Randy Johnson pitch back in March 2001.