PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Baltimore Orioles left fielder Nolan Reimold was taken to a hospital after he was hit in the left side of the head by a fastball from Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb in the first inning of a 3-3, 10-inning tie on Friday.
Reimold, batting fifth in the lineup, immediately dropped to the ground and was face-down for several minutes while a hushed crowd watched nervously as Orioles trainers tended him.
Also looking on was a visibly upset Cobb, who said in the Rays clubhouse, “It’s probably the worst feeling you can have as a pitcher.”
Reimold eventually walked to a cart, which took him off the field.
Cobb pitched three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and two walks in his first start of the spring.
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