MLB Pitcher Collapses After Being Drilled by 111 MPH Line Drive
Minnesota Twins right-hander Kenta Maeda was hit by a 111 mph line drive in the left ankle and came out of Thursday’s game against Boston after two innings.
Maeda stayed on his feet long enough to field the ball and throw Jarren Duran out at first for the third out of the inning. The pitcher then crumpled to the grass, and the Twins training staff rushed out to help him.
We salute you, Kenta Maeda #MNTwins x #RedSox pic.twitter.com/15DrPxisYD
— Bally Sports North (@BallySportsNOR) April 20, 2023
After a few minutes, Maeda walked off to the dugout. The team announced that he had a left ankle bruise and was getting X-Rays.
Emilio Pagan came in to start the third.
#MNTwins Kenta Maeda injured on this play. He took a liner right off his left shin/ankle area. Went down in pain after he completed the play. pic.twitter.com/ofBsClKofe
— Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) April 20, 2023
The Red Sox led 1-0 when Maeda came out thanks to Alex Verdugo’s solo homer in the first — the only hit Maeda allowed.
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