PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong was hit on the left side of his face by a pitch from Colorado Rockies right-hander Jordan Lyles while batting in the second inning Monday and left the game.
Vogelsong was struck near his left eye -- the ball may have glanced off slightly off his batter's helmet -- by a 92-mph two-seam fastball and immediately dropped to the ground. Home plate umpire Jeff Nelson quickly waved to the Pirates' bench for assistance.
"It's tough to see. I hope he's able to get back to his teammates shortly," Lyles said. "It was 0-2, and it kind of ran in a little bit -- and it ran in too much."
A trainer applied a towel on the left side of Vogelsong's face, which appeared to be bloody. The right-hander remained in the batters' box for several minutes, and he was slightly off balance as he clutched the towel to his face while getting into a cart to be taken off the field.
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The team said after the game that Vogelsong was being examined for a left eye injury. He will stay overnight in Allegheny General Hospital, which is a few blocks from PNC Park. No update is expected until Tuesday.
Vogelsong, making his second spot start of the season because of a rainout Sunday, gave up two hits and no runs in his two innings of work.
"It's unfortunate," said teammate and pitcher Gerrit Cole, one of Vogelsong's closest friends on the team. "He was throwing the ball well and was excited to pitch today."
Nelson himself left the game in the Pirates' half of the third after the umpire was struck near his left eye during a play at the plate in which Francisco Cervelli was thrown out on a grounder to third.
As Rockies catcher Tony Wolters turned after making the tag, Nelson grabbed his face near his eye and began walking down the first base line in obvious discomfort. Nelson apparently was somehow struck by debris in the eye during the play.
Nelson was treated immediately by the Pirates' medical staff, but after a delay of several minutes, left the field and first base umpire Ben May replaced him behind the plate.