Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Ryan Vogelsong was nailed in the head by a Jordan Lyles fastball in the second inning of today’s game against the Colorado Rockies. Vogelsong stayed down for several moments, before eventually being carted off the field while holding a towel to his face. A pinch runner came in for him, and reliever Wilfredo Boscan took over pitching in the top of the third.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review photographer Christopher Horner got a great close-up shot of the pitch:
That looks very painful.
Update (2:00 p.m.): MLB has video of the play and its aftermath, which you can watch here.