In­jured An­gels pitcher un­der­goes emer­gency brain surgery

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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.

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