DENVER (AP) — Colorado Rockies pitcher Ryan Feltner was hit in the head by a line drive in the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night and was able to walk off the field on his own.
Philadelphia’s Nick Castellanos hit a 1-0 slider back to the mound at 92.7 mph. The ball went to the right back of Feltner’s head. The right-hander immediately collapsed to the ground as the ball deflected to first baseman CJ Cron. Castellanos was safe with a single.
Feltner did not appear to lose consciousness. He lay on his stomach, squinting as two members of Colorado’s practice team ran toward the mound. With the crowd silent, Feltner finally got to his feet, then rose to his feet.
Feltner, 26, left with the help of two staff members as fans at Coors Field cheered.
Feltner had walked four in a 40-pitch first inning that saw the Phillies take a 4-0 lead. After retiring the first two batters in the second, he allowed a double to Bryce Harper before Castellanos reached the plate.
Feltner was a fourth-round pick of the Rockies in 2018. He entered the game with a 2-2 record, striking out 33 in 35 1/3 innings.
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