Injured Angels pitcher undergoes emergency brain surgery
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker underwent emergency brain surgery late Sunday night in Seattle to stop bleeding after being hit in the head by a line drive. General Manager Billy Eppler said the surgery was successful and that Shoemaker was speaking.
Pitching in Sunday’s second inning against the Mariners, Shoemaker was struck in the right side of the head by a 105-mph line drive off the bat of Kyle Seager.
After examination at the ballpark demonstrated he was responsive, Shoemaker was transported to Harborview Medical Center. Initial CT scans showed he suffered a small skull fracture and a hematoma. Doctors administered additional scans and at about 9 p.m., a third set of scans showed the bleeding had not ceased.
Shoemaker was wheeled into surgery. While the team traveled to Oakland, Angels head trainer Adam Nevala stayed in Seattle to tend to the 29-year-old righthander, and will remain there until Shoemaker is ready to return to California, which the team said it hopes will be later this week.