Events took a scary turn during a Tigers-Blue Jays spring training game on Friday, when Blue Jays pitcher T.J. House was hit hard in the head by a line drive off the bat of Tigers minor league catcher John Hicks. House was moved to an ambulance via stretcher and transported to a nearby hospital.
House was reportedly barely moving well over five minutes after being hit. Several medical personnel immediately rushed to the mound, according to on-site reports, and was lying face-down on the mound and not moving.
Ambulance now on the field for T.J. House. pic.twitter.com/9caHtEzUCa
— Jason Beck (@beckjason) March 10, 2017
Blue Jays’ TJ House has been down for several minutes now with trainers tending to him. It’s absolutely silent around the ballpark.
— Jeff Odom (@jeffodom) March 10, 2017
The game was in the bottom of the ninth inning with the Blue Jays leading 6-2, so most of the regular players were done for the day. After the called game, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons spoke to the media and said that the ball hit House in the back of the head. Reporter Lynn Henning tweeted that the ball went 30 feet into the air after striking House.
House took a direct hit and ball went up in the air and was caught for out. Told there was a lot of blood. But he was conscious.
— George Sipple (@GeorgeSipple) March 10, 2017
The 27-year-old is in his first year with the Blue Jays, after having spent portions of the past three years with the Indians’ major league team. He had signed a minor league deal with Toronto in December 2016 after being designated for assignment during the season. He appeared in just four major league games for Cleveland and elected minor league free agency.