Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Get Well Soriano

M's defeated Jered Weaver and the Angels tonight, but the biggest news from the game has nothing to do with wins and losses.

Rafael Soriano, a relief pitcher for Seattle, was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Vladimir Guerrero. If you've ever seen Vlad's vicious swing, you know that this is serious. Soriano collapsed and clutched his head immediately. Medics attended to Rafael for several minutes before he was carted off the field. News reports says that Soriano never lost consciousness on the way to the hospital. As of now, he's been diagnosed with a depressed skull fracture.

It's too early to tell what the physical, mental and psychological repercussions of this incident will be. Here's hoping Rafael's life -- and then his baseball career -- can quickly return back to normal.

UPDATE 8/31/06: Rafael was released from the hospital. Looks like there wasn't any serious injury -- physically at least.

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