San Francisco Giants shortstop Thairo Estrada was forced out of the game against the Chicago Cubs after Mark Leiter Jr
- Thairo Estrada was brutally hit in the head with an 84mph switch
- The shortstop lay on his back for a while before being helped to his feet
- Giants manager Gabe Kapler said he was dealing with concussion-like symptoms
- It has not been announced how long Estrada will be out or what his injuries are
San Francisco Giants shortstop Thairo Estrada walked out of Saturday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs after being hit from a spot in the helmet.
Cubs reliever Mark Leiter Jr., recalled from Triple-A Iowa last Saturday, hit Estrada with an 84-mph switch that immediately sent him to the ground.
Estrada was on his back talking to the training staff before finally being helped to his feet and back to the clubhouse.
Estrada was hit in his helmet in the 5th inning of a game against the Chicago Cubs
The shortstop was on his back after being hit by an 84mph switch
The incident happened in the fifth inning of the game when the Giants were leading 5-0.
“He’s still a little dizzy,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said after the game.
“A bit of pressure on his left side. So he has concussion-like symptoms. We haven’t taken that step yet to diagnose him with a concussion, but there’s a good chance we’ll be there and we’ll figure out what to do from a roster perspective in the next few hours or tomorrow morning.
Jason Vosler ran for Estrada and took over at shortstop. Head stayed in the game for Chicago.
San Francisco won the game 5-4.
Estrada is replacing injured Giants All-Star Brandon Crawford, who has been out since mid-July with a knee infection, at the shortstop.
Kapler did not specify Estrada’s status or when he can be expected back on the field.
“We had no indication that he lost consciousness, although his eyeballs weren’t great,” Kapler noted. “He was pretty stunned.”
Estrada, 26, is hitting .262 with nine homers and 41 RBI this season.
Estrada was helped to her feet by the training staff and left the game
Giants manager Gabe Kapler says the shortstop is dealing with “concussion-like symptoms.”