LA Angels Shoemaker suffers skull fracture after being hit in head


Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker has what the team is calling "a small skull fracture" after he was hit in the head by a vicious 105 miles per hour comebacker off the bat of Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager during the second inning of Sunday's 4-2 win.

But with one out in the second inning, a 3-2 fastball to Kyle Seager on the outside corner turned into a terrifying disaster.

The Angels announced that Shoemaker's initial readings of CT scan indicate small skull fracture and small hematoma.

Far secondary to Shoemaker's condition, the Angels took two of three in the series, providing another damaging blow to Seattle's fleeting postseason hopes.

Shoemaker was bloodied but he never did lose consciousness, and he was able to walk off the field under his own power. He was on all fours for a number of minutes with blood dripping from the spot of impact on the side of his head. Teammates knelt around the mound and Seager anxiously watched while Shoemaker was tended to.

Shoemaker will remain in Seattle, accompanied by Angels trainer Adam Nevala, for the next few days, and then return to Southern California. Los Angeles reliever Deolis Guerra, who took over for Shoemaker and pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, claimed the win to improve to 3-0 this season.

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Pujols hit his 29th home run of the season during another big first inning that saw the Angels take a 2-0 lead. When you see the trainers on the field like that, you don't care about a stupid game at that point.

The Mariners' two runs came on solo homers from Robinson Cano (No. 31) in the sixth inning off Ege and Nelson Cruz (No. 35) in the eighth inning off Ramirez.

"The first inning, both those pitches (to Pujols and C.J. Cron) were up in the zone", Iwakuma said.

Kole Calhoun, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols hit consecutive home runs in the first inning off Walker.

Andrelton Simmons had an RBI double and Carlos Perez added a run-scoring single to cap the inning.

Iwakuma allowed just one more run after the first inning on an RBI single to Pujols in the sixth inning. Hernandez allowed six earned runs in four innings in a loss to the Rangers last Wednesday. Weaver got the win in his last start against Cincinnati. The Mariners activated RHP Drew Storen from the 15-day disabled list and recalled LHP David Rollins before Sunday's game.