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Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman nearly drilled in face by line-drive (video)

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Toronto Blue Jays rookie pitcher Marcus Stroman was mere inches away from suffering what likely would have been a traumatically horrific injury during Monday’s start against the Chicago Cubs.

On only his second pitch of the ball game, Stroman was very nearly drilled right in the face when Cubs leadoff hitter Chris Coghlan lined a laser right back at the mound.

As he ducked and tried to avoid the ball, Stroman managed to deflect it with his glove, narrowly avoiding a pretty gnarly scene.

And in GIF form (via Deadspin):

Yamma hamma. Talk about a close shave, man.

In perhaps the most impressive aspect of what transpired, Stroman was somehow able to regain his composure after such a close call, going on to pitch a complete game, three-hit shutout, blanking the Cubbies for a 8-0 Toronto win. The 23-year-old struck out eight while only needing 93 pitches for his first big league complete game in 18 major league starts.

Stroman discussed the close call after the game.

”That was the first time I’ve ever had a ball hit like that back at me,” he said, according to an AP report (via Big League Stew). ”I could have been out after the second pitch. I was just happy it didn’t hit my face, and even happier that I was able to deflect it and Reyes was able to make a play.”

Happy, indeed. Not to mention pretty lucky as well.

(image credit: Zimbio)