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Robbie Ray Carted off Field with Head Injury After Being Hit by Line Drive

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJuly 29, 2017

Arizona Diamondbacks' Robbie Ray throws a pitch against the Washington Nationals during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 23, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray was carted off the field during Friday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals after being struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Luke Voit. 

Per Nick Piecoro of AZ Central Sports, the left-hander was conscious and Arizona's medical staff had him "sitting up on the mound" before leaving on a cart.

Piecoro also reported "there appeared to be blood on his hand" after "covering his head with a towel" and added the ball came off Voit's bat at 108 mph.

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said Ray will go through concussion protocol after tests came back clean, per Piecoro.

Ray has had a breakout season for the Diamondbacks and is a big reason why the team currently holds a 1.5-game lead for the top wild card spot in the National League. 

The 25-year-old entered Friday with a 3.15 ERA and 149 strikeouts in 117 innings pitched. His 11.46 strikeouts per nine innings rank fourth among all starting pitchers in Major League Baseball this season. He leads the Diamondbacks in strikeouts and ranks second with 6.7 hits allowed per nine innings. 

Arizona's entire starting rotation has been terrific in 2017. The group ranks second in MLB with a 3.47 ERA, per ESPN.com

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