Boston Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello is lucky to still have his head intact after Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras hit him in the head with a line drive on Monday night.

The line drive knocked Porcello to the ground, and the ball went all the way out to deep right-center field. There’s no Statcast data (because it’s Spring Training), but the exit velocity of the line drive had to be over 100 mph; the ball was smoked.

Somehow, Porcello appeared okay and stayed in the game. He even laughed it off.

That’s a pitcher’s nightmare, and it’s a bit surprising the Red Sox left Porcello in an *exhibition* game, even if he seemed to be fine.

[NBC Sports Chicago]

About Matt Clapp

Matt is an editor at The Comeback. He attended Colorado State University, wishes he was Saved by the Bell's Zack Morris, and idolizes Larry David. And loves pizza and dogs because obviously.

He can be followed on Twitter at @Matt2Clapp (also @TheBlogfines for Cubs/MLB tweets and @DaBearNecess for Bears/NFL tweets), and can be reached by email at