Former Australian player hospitalised in 'scary' mid-match mishap

Riley Morgan
Sports Reporter

Promising MLB outfielder Garrett Whitley was involved in a scary incident in MLB’s Spring Training this week when he was struck in the face after a foul ball.

Whitley was sitting in the open part of the dugout for the Tampa Bay Rays during their practice match against Baltimore Orioles when Renato Nunez hit a foul ball.

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But the miscued hit swung right towards the dug out, bounced, and struck the unsuspecting Whitley square in the face.

Immediate concern was shown for the promising MLB star as teammates rushed over and escorted him off.

Tampa Bay Rays prospect Garrett Whitley was hit by a foul ball off the bat of Renato Nunez of the Baltimore Orioles. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Reports claim Whitley suffered multiple face fractures but remained conscious throughout the incident.

He will face some time on the sideline.

Social media users expressed their concern for the Rays prospect and wished him a speedy recovery.

Whitley responded after the terrifying incident.

Whitley played in Australia for the Perth Heat for the 2017-18 season.

Tampa Bat drafted him in the first round in 2015.