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Mets’ Kevin Pillar Says He’s ‘Fine’ After Taking Fastball to Face

Kevin Pillar of the Mets was taken to the hospital on Monday night after he was hit in the face by a fastball during a game against the Atlanta Braves. Hours later, Pillar posted on Twitter that he was “doing fine” after what even he acknowledged was a scary incident.

In the seventh inning of Monday’s game in Atlanta, Pillar was hit in the face by the Braves pitcher Jacob Webb. The pitch, a four-seam fastball clocked at 94.5 miles per hour, left Pillar no time to react or move out of the way.

Pillar went down immediately and rose from the ground with blood streaming from his nose. Webb, visibly upset by the incident, put his hands on his head and then squatted on the mound as Pillar lay face down in the dirt next to home plate.

After being tended to by trainers, Pillar left the field on his own, his face covered by towels. A pinch-runner replaced him, and the Braves also removed Webb from the game. In the Atlanta dugout, Webb was consoled by at least two Braves coaches.

The game was paused briefly as members of the Atlanta grounds crew covered the blood that was visible near home plate.

(Warning: This video shows the pitch hitting Pillar and may be disturbing.)

The Mets said Pillar was taken to the hospital for a CT scan. After the game, Pillar tweeted a post in which he said he was “doing fine.”

“Thanks to everyone that has reached out!” he wrote. “Scary moment but I’m doing fine!”

Since the bases were loaded at the time of the beaning, Pillar was credited with a painful run batted in. The Mets won the game, 3-1.

“That’s about as sickening a thing as you can see on the baseball field when a kid gets hit like that,” Braves Manager Brian Snitker said.

Hit by pitches have been at all time highs in the last few seasons, which combined with increased velocity from pitchers has created dangerous situations for batters. Pillar has been hit in the head twice before, MLB.com reported, in 2016 against the Red Sox, when he was hit on the helmet, and in 2019, against the Padres, when he was hit in the jaw by a 97 mile-per-hour pitch.