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Joe Martinez Hit In The Head By Line Drive: Video

There’s little scarier than sports than a well-hit ball back to the pitcher’s mound. The pitcher has just completed his motion and is left with no time to react to a ball hit at his head.

That’s just what happened during tonight’s game between the San Francisco Giants and the Milwaukee Brewers. During the 9th inning, Giants reliever Joe Martinez got hit in the head with a line drive off the bat of the Brewers Mike Cameron.

The sound of the ball hitting his head in the replay is just sickening.

Luckily, it appears that Joe Martinez is going to be alright. According to Giants executive executive Bobby Evans, “Martinez sustained a concussion but no broken bones, and . . . tests revealed no other significant injuries.”

That didn’t stop everyone from worrying about Martinez’s condition immediately. He tried to walk it off, but soon dropped to the ground. Meanwhile, Mike Cameron was visibly shaken from the moment he saw Martinez got hit.

After the game, Cameron said, “You just hope that the young man is all right, that everything is good and that he’s safe first and foremost. I just hope that he gets a chance to go back on the field again. I couldn’t stop shaking. It’s kind of a helpless feeling. I was just trying to pray for him because I know how dangerous that can be.”

As trainers attended to Martinez, his teammates could only watch in horror. “I’m still shaking, to tell you the truth,” catcher Bengie Molina said. “We’re human beings before baseball players. We have fathers, mothers and sons. You don’t want to see that on a baseball field. That ball went right to his head. He had no shot.”

Hopefully Joe Martinez will make a quick physical recovery and he won’t be affected mentally either. It’s going to be tough to want to get back on the mound after taking a shot to the head like that.

Giants reliever Martinez hit in head by line drive [Yahoo!]
A win doesn’t ease pain of dreadful day [SF Gate]
Video: Joe Martinez Giants Reliever Hit In Head By Line Drive From Mike Cameron [FanIQ]

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