Yankees' pitcher suffers concussion after being hit by ball

New York Yankees’ starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell was hit in the head Monday during a game against the Minnesota Twins.


The Twins’ Eduardo Nunez fired a lined shot back at Mitchell, and the ball hit his nose. Luckily, it was deflected slightly by the bill of his hat, but he still walked away with a broken nose and is on the seven-day concussion disabled list. He said he never saw the ball.


The team is hopeful that he’ll be ready to return to the mound as soon as his time on the DL is up, but given that it’s the rookie 24-year-old’s second concussion in a month’s time, it may be wiser to give him more time for recovery. Re-entering before his brain is ready could be detrimental to his health down the road.


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