Colorado Rockies rookie left-hander Kyle Freeland exited Monday’s crucial game against the Arizona Diamondbacks early after being hit by a comeback.
To start the fourth inning Freeland faced J.D. Martinez, who already doubled earlier in the ballgame. Martinez drilled a 92 mph fastball right back up the middle, coming off his bat at 114.8 mph.
Kyle Freeland takes 114.8 mph from J.D. Martinez high off the upper body (possibly face) pic.twitter.com/TK34DhkFTS
— Jake Shapiro (@Shapalicious) September 12, 2017
The ball appears to hit Freeland both on the upper arm and on the jaw.
Freeland left the game under his own power and never even fell to the ground.
Martinez’ batted ball which resulted in a single was his hardest hit ball of 2017.
Freeland is 11-10 in 149.2 innings pitched in this his first year at the MLB level. The Denver kid has a 4.03 ERA and a 4.63 FIP with a very high 55 percent ground ball rate.
There is no update right now on Freeland’s condition, we’ll update you as soon as we know.
UPDATE: 9:39 PM
#Rockies Kyle Freeland left game with a left shoulder contusion.
— Patrick Saunders (@psaundersdp) September 12, 2017