Apr 22, 2024; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Milwaukee Brewers trainers examine relief pitcher Jakob Junis (on ground) after Junis was struck by an errant batting practice line drive before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

It was a scary scene in Pittsburgh on Monday when starting pitcher Jakob Junis was taken to the hospital via ambulance after being struck in the neck by a batted ball during batting practice at PNC Park.

“He is conscious, alert and responsive,” the Brewers said in a statement on X. “He was sent tot he hospital for further evaluation.”

There was footage of the ambulance leaving the field:

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jakob Junis was taken off the field via ambulance after being struck by a fly ball during Pittsburgh Pirates’ batting practice prior to the game on April 22, 2024, at PNC Park.

According to multiple reports, Junis was struck near the warning track and went down immediately. He was being tended to for 15 minutes before being lifted into an ambulance. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Curt Hogg, the 31-year-old was alert during this process.

Junis had been on the injured list earlier this month for quite some time dealing with a right shoulder impingement. He was dealing with a “scratchy” shoulder during spring training and was feeling something similar after his 2024 debut. He has been traveling with the team since and was resuming throwing on flat ground.

There wasn’t an initial timetable on his return from the IL placement.

Junis was acquired by the Brewers this offseason on a one-year deal. The veteran right hander had just one start this season, but struck out four in just as many innings giving up three hits in the Apr. 2, 3-2, win over the Minnesota Twins.

[Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

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