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Chase Headley Injury: Updates on Yankees 3B's Face and Return

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistSeptember 12, 2014

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Updates from Monday, Sept. 15

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reported on Chase Headley's return to the Yankees' lineup:

Bryan Hoch @BryanHoch

Yankees lineup at Rays http://t.co/WCFdIGjke1

Updates from Sunday, Sept. 14

Brendan Kuty of NJ.com provided an encouraging update on Chase Headley's status:

Brendan Kuty @BrendanKutyNJ

Chase Headley said his workouts today went well and he hopes to play tomorrow. #Yankees

Updates from Saturday, Sept. 13

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that Headley is available for Saturday's game:

Bryan Hoch @BryanHoch

Yankees lineup at Orioles http://t.co/YmKQS5BiAw

Updates from Friday, Sept. 12

MLB.com's Bryan Hoch provides an update on Headley's status:

Bryan Hoch @BryanHoch

Chase Headley's tests showed no fractures. He needed a couple of stitches and will see a neurologist to check for concussions, Girardi said.

Hoch has more on Headley:

Bryan Hoch @BryanHoch

Chase Headley update: All tests came back negative. He has joined the team in Baltimore.

Original Text

The New York Yankees are still battling for postseason position as the 2014 season enters the stretch run, but baseball was the least of anyone’s concern for a few moments Thursday evening. 

Yankees designated hitter Chase Headley was hit by a pitch to start the bottom of the ninth inning in a scary moment. Lance McAlister of 700 WLW in Cincinnati described the proceedings:

Lance McAlister @LanceMcAlister

Yankees Chase Headley hit by pitch in chin. Left under own power. Standing ovation.

MLB.com provides video of the incident:

It was definitely a relief to everyone in attendance when Headley got up and actually left under his own power. Brad Ziegler of the Arizona Diamondbacks certainly had Headley in his thoughts after the play:

Brad Ziegler @BradZiegler

Oh man...praying for Chase Headley, too...

The other silver lining from the Yankees’ perspective outside of the fact that Headley walked off was the rally it set up. New York trailed the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 entering the bottom of the ninth, but Chris Young drilled a game-winning three-run home run to win the game in walk-off style.

While Headley’s health is clearly the most important thing here, it was nice for the Yankees to pick up the critical 5-4 win.

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