Detroit Tigers pitcher Jeff Ferrell experienced a pitcher’s worst nightmare on Monday night at Comerica Park.

With two outs in the top of the eighth, Ferrell was hit in the head by a 103-mph line drive off the bat of the Oakland Athletics’ Ryon Healy, and the ball traveled about another 100 feet to the tarp down the right field line.

Ferrell somehow stayed on his feet during all of this, but was clearly shaken up and the Tigers wisely removed him from the game.

Here’s video of the scary scene:

The Athletic’s Emily Waldon reports that Ferrell was taken to a local hospital to get a CTE scan, but that he’s “doing better than expected.”

Let’s hope that’s the case, and Ferrell is very fortunate if so.


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