Rays' Amed Rosario exits after taking 100 mph fastball to face

Thankfully, Rosario's helmet flap appeared to take the brunt of the ball's momentum

Tampa Bay Rays' Amed Rosario (10) is tended to after getting hit by a pitch from Pittsburgh Pirates starter Jared Jones during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 22, 2024, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Matt Freed)
Amed Rosario appears to have avoided a worst-case scenario. (AP Photo/Matt Freed)

Tampa Bay Rays utility man Amed Rosario was the center of a scary scene on Saturday, but he appears to have avoided something truly awful.

Facing Pittsburgh Pirates flamethrower Jared Jones in the first inning, Rosario took a 100-mph fastball to the face, sending the 28-year-old reeling out of the batter's box. Thankfully, the jaw-protecting flap on his helmet appeared to take the brunt of the momentum.

Rosario was immediately tended to by both teams' staffs and walked off under his own power while holding a towel

Good news arrived three innings later, when Bally Sports Sun's Tricia Whitaker reported Rosario had sustained facial lacerations, but with no indication of a fracture.

A significant injury would interrupt what has been a career year for Rosario, who was once a top prospect and the starting shortstop of the New York Mets. He has also spent time with the Cleveland Guardians and Los Angeles Dodgers, and joined the Rays last offseason on a one-year, $1.5 million contract in free agency.

Rosario entered Saturday slashing .301/.323/.416, with his batting average at a career high. He has played right field, second base, shortstop and third base for the versatility-valuing Rays.