A scary, scary moment

SAN FRANCISCO — As of this moment, Joe Martinez’s condition remains unknown. We’re all praying that he’s OK.

Martinez needed one out to end the Giants’ 7-1 victory Thursday over the Milwaukee Brewers when Mike Cameron slammed a line drive back at the right-hander. The ball struck the right side of Martinez’s forehead with such force that the ball caromed all the way back to the Brewers’ dugout on the first-base side.

Martinez remained conscious but wisely sat on the mound, not trying to move and allowing Giants athletic trainers to attend to him. An angry red mark could be seen on Martinez’s forehead. Meanwhile, numerous players began praying — Brian Wilson, leaning against the Giants dugout railing; shortstop Edgar Renteria and all three outfielders, squatting on the outfield grass; Cameron, hunched over at second base and visibly upset. Randy Winn and Fred Lewis came over to console Cameron.

Giants head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner held a bandage to Martinez’s forehead as the pitcher walked off the field under his own power — an encouraging sign.

– Chris Haft  

3 Comments

What a scary day in baseball; first the young pitcher for the Angels, and now poor Joe Martinez. Best wishes to Joe. I’m sure he will be just fine.

Everyone seemed really shaken up after Martinez was hit. It was really scary…My thoughts are with him and I pray he’ll be just fine!

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Everyone seemed really shaken up after Martinez was hit. It was really scary…My thoughts are with him and I pray he’ll be just fine!

http://loveebaseball02.mlblogs.com/

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