On a play that was a little too reminiscent of the injury to Oakland A’s righthander Brandon McCarthy, Houston Astros rookie reliever Mickey Storey took a line drive off the right side of his head in the eighth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Chicago Cubs.
Incredibly, Storey did not go down immediately, merely hunching over and holding his right hand to his head. He then dropped to a knee when trainers arrived at the mound. After being attended to for several minutes, Storey was able to walk off the field under his own power.
MLB.com has the video:
Storey, who made his major-league debut on Aug. 3 and was 0-1 with a 2.66 ERA, entered the game in the top of the eighth and had retired the leadoff batter. After going 1-1 to Dave Sappelt, Storey threw a 90-mph fastball that Sappelt ripped up the middle.
UPDATE: Brian McTaggart of MLB.com has good news on Storey: