Watch: Dallas Keuchel drilled in head by liner, stays in game, says he’s okay
A scary moment played out for the Houston Astros during Wednesday’s game against the Seattle Mariners when Dallas Keuchel was drilled in the head by a line drive off the bat of Kyle Seager in the top of the 1st inning.
After being checked out by the trainers, Keuchel was somehow free of concussion-like symptoms, declared good to go and remained in the game.
It’s incredible that Keuchel was not more seriously injured. The ball left Seager’s bat at 99 mph and caromed off the pitcher’s head with such force it ended up in right field.
“Didn’t get the glove up in time and kinda just took one off the dome,” Keuchel said after the game, via the Houston Chronicle.
The Astros training staff examined Keuchel between innings and somehow the ace lasted five innings.
“I’d like to think that I’m tough, but I’m fortunate to not have anything seriously wrong afterwards,” Keuchel said. “I had a few concussions in high school from football so I knew the symptoms and stuff. I felt fine.
“I wasn’t going to push it if I was groggy or lightheaded. Everything checked out.”
Unfortunately, things did not go well for Keuchel on the mound, as he was lit up for five earned runs in five innings in the Astros’ 9-0 loss. Astros skipper A.J. Hinch could not help but second guess the decision to leave Keuchel in the game after such a frightening incident.
“For a couple of innings there, I kind of regretted leaving him in because you just don’t know — when someone gets hit in the head – but we were lucky we were home and had doctors checking on him every inning,” Hinch said. “We ran our battery of tests and will continue to evaluate him for any sort of concussion. He has yet to show any sign of anything.”
Interestingly, this is the second consecutive start Keuchel has been hit by a comebacker. Last week against the Los Angeles Angels, Keuchel was drilled up high by a liner off the bat of A.J. Pollock.
He stayed in the game after that one, too.