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MLBDid You See That? Alex Cobb nailed in head by line drive

Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2013 | 07:07 PM

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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb grabs his head and lies on the pitcher's mound after being hit by a line drive during the fifth inning of a baseball game on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla. Cobb was taken off the field on a stretcher. (Brian Blanco/Associated Press) Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb grabs his head and lies on the pitcher's mound after being hit by a line drive during the fifth inning of a baseball game on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla. Cobb was taken off the field on a stretcher. (Brian Blanco/Associated Press)

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Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb was taken off on a stretcher on Saturday after taking a line drive off the head against the Kansas City Royals. He suffered a mild concussion as a result. 
Two thunderous sounds drowned out the crowd noise, and Alex Cobb lay motionless on the mound on Saturday. 

'Thwack!' Royals infielder Eric Hosmer connected with a pitch.

Split-seconds later, another 'thwack!', and Cobb, the Tampa Bay pitcher, was nailed in the head by the ball, his glove unable to provide any protection as the screaming liner bee-lined for his skull.

The frightening incident happened during the fifth inning of the Royals-Rays game in St. Petersburgh, Fla., and trainers and players alike swarmed the field to tend to the fallen hurler, who was eventually taken off the field on a stretcher

The team later confirmed he suffered a mild concussion. 

Blue Jays fans may be able to relate to the incident, as last month lefty J.A. Happ was drilled in the head by a line drive on the same field.

Take a look at the incident with Cobb below: 


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Should Major League Baseball be doing more to protect pitchers on the mound? Can they do anything, or is it the responsibility of the players to protect themselves? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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