'Blood isn't generally seen in our sport': Sickening off-bat deflection leaves Astros rookie hospitalised

Fair warning: if you’re not a fan of getting hit in the eye by high-speed projectiles, this probably isn’t the video for you.

HOUSTON ASTROS ROOKIE Colin Moran fouled a ball off his own face last night and had to be carted off the field in the sixth inning of an 8-4 win over the Orioles in Baltimore.

On the first pitch of the at-bat, Moran fouled off a pitch by Darren O’Day and the ball went straight up and hit the third baseman near his left eye.

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Moran dropped to the ground and trainers rushed out to apply towels to his face.

They tried to help Moran walk off, but his knees buckled briefly and they sat him down as a cart came to take him off the field to applause from the crowd.

He was taken to hospital, where the Astros said he was undergoing diagnostic tests for concussion and orbital fractures.

“It was a pretty scary incident,” manager A.J. Hinch told ESPN. “I go on the field, and he’s got blood on the face. Blood, it isn’t generally seen in our sport.”

“Originally he wanted to get off the field. As soon as we got him up he thought he was going to pass out. He kind of got nauseous. So we put him back down and called for the cart. He was clearly out of it, obviously, and in some pain. Just a terrible way to go out of the game.”

O’Day meanwhile, said: “I’ve had good friends who’ve had accidents like that and never knew if they were going to play again or didn’t get to play again, so I hope he’s OK.”

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