Pirates RHP Taillon hit in head by liner but stays in game

By 07.19.2016 news > Sports
Athletic trainers Ben Potenziano, left, and Todd Tomczyk, right, help Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon (50) to sit up in the second inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. Taillon was hit by a ball off the bat of Herman Perez, but stayed in the game. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pirates rookie pitcher Jameson Taillon was struck in the head by a line drive but remained in the game on Tuesday night.

Milwaukee’s Hernan Perez hit a 105 mph line drive off the back of Taillon’s head with one out in the second inning. Taillon lay in front of the pitcher’s mound for several minutes while being tended to by trainers, then remarkably opted to stay in the game.

Taillon was making his return to Pittsburgh’s lineup after being placed on the disabled list late last month with right shoulder fatigue. The second overall pick in the 2010 draft entered the game 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in five starts this season.

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