Shoemaker undergoes brain surgery
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.