PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Ryan Vogelsong remained hospitalized with swelling and multiple facial fractures on Tuesday, a day after the veteran took a 92 mph fastball to the head from Colorado pitcher Jordan Lyles.
Pirates trainer Todd Tomczyk said Vogelsong was “in good spirits” but added that doctors would not be able to determine the extent of the damage around Vogelsong’s left eye until the swelling subsided.
Vogelsong was batting with the bases loaded in the bottom of the second inning Monday when a Lyles pitch caught Vogelsong flush. He remained on the ground for several minutes, though Tomczyk said Vogelsong did not lose consciousness and does not have symptoms of a concussion.
“He remembers everything,” Tomczyk said. “He did not lose consciousness, which is important. He was scared, yes … but he is a very positive guy.”
The 38-year-old Vogelsong did experience some vision loss in the immediate aftermath, but Tomczyk said Vogelsong’s eye was “somewhat open” by Tuesday. Doctors believe there is no significant damage to the eye itself, though it could be a while before there is any official diagnosis, Tomczyk said. He expects the swelling to take significantly longer than the typical 3-5 days to go down.
Pittsburgh catcher Francisco Cervelli stopped by to check on Vogelsong on Tuesday and manager Clint Hurdle hopes to visit in the next couple days.
“He’s in a better place (now) than he was (Monday),” Hurdle said.
The Pirates placed Vogelsong on the 15-day disabled list and recalled reliever A.J. Schugel from Triple-A Indianapolis.