Kansas City Royals pitcher Ryan Yarbrough was able to walk off the field Sunday after being hit in the face with a line drive.
The incident took place in the top of the sixth inning at home against the Oakland Athletics.
Yarbrough threw a 3-2 pitch to Athletics first basemen Ryan Noda and was hit with the batted ball. Yarbarough appears to try and duck but is struck on the left side of his face.
Somehow (and thankfully) Ryan Yarbrough was able to walk off the field on his own power after getting drilled by this line drive pic.twitter.com/yfbEgyk4Um
— Casey Drottar (@CDrottar19) May 7, 2023
Royals catcher Salvador Perez was able to pick up the ball and throw Noda out.
A scary moment in the game as Ryan Yarbrough was hit in the face with a line drive.
The Royals’ starter was able to get up walk off the field with some assistance. pic.twitter.com/6EOSDjQx0M
— A’s on NBCS (@NBCSAthletics) May 7, 2023
The good news is that Yarbrough was able to walk off the field after being helped to his feet. He covered his face with a towel as he made his way into the dugout.
Following the game Royals manager Matt Quatraro told reporters that Yarbrough was alert and that he had been taken to an area hospital for further evaluation.
Matt Quatraro provides an update on Ryan Yarbrough: “It was scary. I mean the dugout went silent … luckily when we got out there he was talking and aware of what was going on … as far as how he’s doing, he’s alert and they’ve taken him to get some testing.” #Royals pic.twitter.com/FNbYhtW3Ch
— Bally Sports Kansas City (@BallySportsKC) May 7, 2023
Yarbrough finished the outing allowing three hits and a run though 5 2/3 innings of work and earned the win in a 5-1 Royals victory.