Zimmermann Leaves Start Early After Being Hit By Comebacker

Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann hit in face by line drive

Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann hit in face by line drive

Kipnis was just the second batter to face Zimmermann. The ball was hit with such velocity, it ricocheted all the way to first base, where Miguel Cabrera actually caught the ball for an out.

Zimmermann exited Wednesday's game against the Indians after being hit by a comebacker, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. The immediate concern turned to Zimmermann, who was face down on the pitching mound and in a lot of pain. After a few minutes with trainer Doug Teter, Zimmermann was able to stand up with some assistance and walk off under his own power. Detroit's Jordan Zimmermann could not get out of the way Wednesday, resulting in a frightening scene in Cleveland, but the initial news indicated that the veteran right-hander escaped major injury.

The Tigers announced shortly after Zimmermann left the game that he suffered a right jaw contusion, but was still being evaluated by the medical staff.

It was the situation all pitchers fear: a line drive hurtling right back at them.

He broke the same jaw in a similar play in 2007 while he was in college. That's especially true when the pitcher is struck in the head or face.

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