CINCINNATI, oh. (CW44 News At 10 | CNN) – Miami Marlins pitcher Daniel Castano was hit in the head in the first inning of the game on Thursday by a 104 mph line drive off the bat by Cincinnati Reds third baseman Donovan Solano.
The ball bounced off Castano’s face so violently that it flew to Marlin’s third baseman Joey Wendle for the out, while Castano himself fell to the ground with his head in his hands.
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Marlins’ trainers, manager Don Mattingly and catcher Jacob Stallings, ran to the mound to check on the 27-year-old, who was treated on the field but was able to walk off the field.
Once he got up, Solano put his arm around him and the two exchanged words before Castano walked to the dugout.
“I’m not sure what happened,” a linked Castano told reporters after the game.
“I was down for a while. I was a little off. When I woke up, I asked, ‘What happened?’ I’m much better now. I’m a little tired, but I’ll be fine.”
Marlins manager Mattingly said the ball’s impact had diminished in part since the ball hit Castano’s cap, according to ESPN.
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“It’s a little scary,” Mattingly said. “Your greatest fear is damage. He’s about as good as could be expected.”
The Marlins later announced on Twitter that Castano had suffered a forehead bruise with a minor concussion and will be further evaluated. Castano also released his own statement on Twitter.
“Thank you to everyone for the love, support and prayers. I’m fine and it could have been a lot worse,” he said.
“As well as gratitude for the efficiency and kindness of my coaches, trainers, teammates and Solano, what was shown to me today really goes beyond the game. What a sobering reminder of the brevity of life, thankful that I have my security in Christ. Romans 8:28.”
Miami then won the game 7-6 after a late rally in the top of the 9th inning led by a homer by Jesús Sánchez on a flyout to rightfield.
The next game is on Friday, when it will face the New York Mets.
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