Shoe­maker un­der­goes brain surgery

Baltimore Sun - - BASEBALL -

An­gels pitcher Matt Shoe­maker un­der­went surgery to stop bleed­ing on his brain af­ter he was struck in the head by a line drive Sun­day against the Mariners.

Shoe­maker had the pro­ce­dure per­formed late Sun­day at the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter. An­gels ath­letic trainer Adam Ne­vala is stay­ing with Shoe­maker un­til he is able to travel to South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, per­haps as soon as a few days.

Gen­eral man­ager Billy Ep­pler pro­vided the up­date Mon­day in Oakland, say­ing Shoe­maker had been re­ceiv­ing CT scans ev­ery two to three hours when the third im­age, taken shortly be­fore 9 a.m., showed in­creased bleed­ing. That’s when surgery was de­ter­mined as the next step.

“The CT scan, or the op­er­a­tion, con­firmed where the bleed­ing was,” Ep­pler said. “They were able to ac­cess that area, seal it (and) stop the bleed­ing. He feels as good as he can feel.”

Man­ager Mike Scios­cia and An­gels play­ers reached out to Shoe­maker by text mes­sage.

“I don’t think any­one wants to call him right now,” Scios­cia said. “We’ve ex­haled a lit­tle bit. They went in there and hope­fully cor­rected what was caus­ing the bleed­ing. Every­thing looks like it’s taken care of.”

Shoe­maker was hit on the right side of the head on a sharp liner off the bat of Kyle Sea­ger — a ball with an exit ve­loc­ity of 105 mph, ac­cord­ing to MLB Stat­cast. Shoe­maker was able to turn his head slightly to avoid a di­rect blow to his face but was un­able to get his glove up in time.

He was down for sev­eral min­utes and bleed­ing from the spot where he was hit. He even­tu­ally walked off the field with ath­letic train­ers at his side.

Shoe­maker was placed on the 15-day dis­abled list and is ex­pected to make a full re­cov­ery.

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