Two hours before the first pitch of what became a 5-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles last night, Detroit Tigers hurler Al Alburquerque was struck in the left side of his head by a line drive during batting practice. After several tense moments on the field, Alburquerque made it to his feet and was transported to the University of Maryland hospital, where he remained overnight. The Tigers have indicated that there was some internal bleeding in his head and Alburquerque was placed on the 7-day disabled list after his diagnosis of a concussion.
Ryan Perry was recalled from Toledo to replace Alburquerque on the roster.
The scene in Baltimore was a scary one, to say the least. To this point, it’s not known if Alburquerque will be able to pitch again when he is eligible to return next week, or at any point thereafter. We have seen in the past the devastating effects of concussions in baseball, and many of them have come of much less violent impacts than the one suffered by Alburquerque.
Until his symptoms dissipate completely, and he passes a battery of tests, Alburquerque will be sidelined. It could be a week, it could be a month, it could be much longer; we just don’t know how his body will react.