Miami Marlins pitcher Daniel Castano was struck in the head by a 104 mph line drive from the bat of Cincinnati Reds third baseman Donovan Solano in the game’s first inning on Thursday.
The ball ricocheted so violently off Castano’s face that it flew to Marlins third baseman Joey Wendle for the out, while Castano himself fell to the floor with his head in his hands.
Marlins’ trainers, manager Don Mattingly and catcher Jacob Stallings, ran to the mound to check on the 27-year-old, who was treated on the pitch but able to walk off the field.Once he had stood up, Solano put his arm around him and the two exchanged words before Castano headed for the dugout.
“I’m not sure what happened,” a bandaged Castano told reporters after the game.
“I was down for a second. I was a little out of it. When I woke up, I asked, ‘What happened?’ I’m much better now. I’m a little bit tired, but I’ll be all right.”
Castano walks off of the field after being hit by a line drive in the head.
Marlins’ manager Mattingly said that the ball’s impact was partly lessened since it hit the bill of Castano’s cap, according to ESPN.
“It’s a little bit scary,” Mattingly said. “Your biggest fear is damage. He’s about as good as could be expected.”
The Marlins later announced on Twitter that Castano had suffered a forehead contusion with a mild concussion, and will be evaluated further. Castano also released his own statement on Twitter.
“Thank you for everyone for the love, support, and prayers. I’m doing well and it could have been a lot worse,” he said.
“Beyond thankful for the efficiency and kindness of my coaches, trainers, teammates and Solano, what was shown to me today truly goes beyond the game. What a sobering reminder on the brevity of life, thankful to have my assurance in Christ. Romans 8:28.”
Miami went on to win the game 7-6 following a late rally in the top of the 9th inning led by a homer from Jesús Sánchez on a fly ball to right field.
Its next fixture is on Friday when it will face the New York Mets.
Marlins starting pitcher Daniel Castano was able to walk off the field under his own power after being hit in the head by a line drive from Donovan Solano in the first inning of Thursday’s game against the Reds. The ball was clocked at 104 miles per hour, making for a scary scene at the Great American Ball Park.
Castano stayed on the ground and was evaluated by medical staff before eventually standing up and walking to the dugout. He was later diagnosed with a mild concussion and bruised forehead, per ESPN.
“I’m not sure what happened,’’ Castano said after the game. “I was down for a second. I was a little out of if. When I woke up, I asked, ‘What happened?’ I’m much better now. I’m a little bit tired, but I’ll be alright.”
The ball was actually caught by third baseman Joey Wendle for the out. Castano did not appear to lose consciousness as catcher Jacob Stallings was the first to arrive and check on him.
“It is really awful to see that happen to anyone,” Reds manager David Bell said. “I’ve seen it happen before. I had a conversation to see that everything was OK. It is just a major relief to hear that. It’s very scary for everyone involved, certainly for their pitcher and their home team and our team. You almost want to stop playing the game. When he was kneeling and walked off on his own, we all felt a little better.’’
Castano offered an update after the game on his Instagram story, saying he was appreciative of the well wishes and that he was feeling better.
“Thank you everyone for the love, support, and prayers. I’m doing well and it could have been a lot worse,” Castano wrote. “Beyond thankful for the efficiency and kindness of my coaches, trainers, teammates and Solano, what was shown to me today truly goes beyond the game.”
Miami Marlins pitcher Daniel Castano is OK after he was drilled in the head by a 104 mile per hour line drive on the mound on Thursday afternoon.
Castano was pitching for the Marlins in the first inning of their 7-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday when Donovan Solano hit a line drive right back at him. The ball hit Castano right in the bill of his cap before hitting him in the head.
Castano stayed down for quite some time, clearly shaken up, before he walked off the field on his own. It doesn’t appear that he lost consciousness for very long, if at all.
The team later said a CT scan was normal, and that Castano had a concussion and a bruised forehead.
Solano was just the fifth batter that Castano had faced on Thursday in Cincinnati before he went down.
“It is really awful to see that happen to anyone,” Reds manager David Bell said, via The Associated Press. “I’ve seen it happen before. I had a conversation to see that everything was OK. It is just a major relief to hear that. It’s very scary for everyone involved, certainly for their pitcher and their home team and our team. You almost want to stop playing the game. When he was kneeling and walked off on his own, we all felt a little better.”
It’s unclear how long Castano will be sidelined.
Despite falling into a 1-0 hole early, the Marlins rallied back to take the one-run win after scoring three in the final inning. It gave them the series split in against the Reds, and marked their fourth win in seven games.
But, perhaps more importantly to Castano, Miami still made the play when he went down.