Pirates pitcher Ryan Vogelsong gets hit in the face with a fastball

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Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Ryan Vogelsong was hit in the face with a fastball while he was batting in the second inning on Monday against the Colorado Rockies.

A 92-mile-per-hour Jordan Lyles fastball connected with the left side of Vogelsong's face, near the ear flap of his helmet.

Watch the scary incident at MLB.com.

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The 38-year-old immediately tumbled to the ground, but eventually was helped up and was carted off. He was placed in a neck brace and transported to a nearby hospital.

The Pirates didn't have any updates immediately after the incident, but did extend their thoughts to the veteran hurler.

The 12th-year pitcher is 1-1 so far this season with a 4.12 ERA in 11 games.

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Ranking all 30 MLB stadiums

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Pirates pitcher Ryan Vogelsong gets hit in the face with a fastball

29. Rogers Centre, Toronto Blue Jays

The only things worse than this warehouse-looking place are the metric measurements on the outfield walls.


23. Angel Stadium, Los Angeles Angels

Nothin’ like some fake rocks in center field to really set the mood for a baseball game.


22. Progressive Field, Cleveland Indians

The fact that it’s no longer Jacobs Field bumps this down at least five spots.


21. Busch Stadium, St. Louis Cardinals

Can this place just stay out of the playoffs just once?


19. Chase Field, Arizona Diamondbacks

Center field is the deepest part of the stadium, guys. The wall doesn’t need to be that high.

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5. Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox

Relax, Fenway is definitely an amazing place to watch a game. But sitting directly behind a pole and/or facing the left-center field wall just isn’t always appealing.



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