It was a scary sight at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday night as the Royals played host to A's. But there is good news.
After A's third baseman Matt Chapman took a 90.7 mph sinker to the helmet, he will not be forced to undergo concussion protocol.
"He's all right," manager Bob Melvin said following the A's 6-4 loss. "No concussion symptoms right now."
It ended up being a contusion to the head.
Melvin also added Chapman was "a little blurry" after the hit, but they are going to see how he is on Thursday.
Scary, scary, scary stuff. pic.twitter.com/TwWokX6D7S— Brodie Brazil (@BrodieNBCS) August 29, 2019
Chapman initially remained in the game but was pulled after lining out in the second inning. This was more than likely just a precaution, but we're glad it wasn't anything worse.
"It's never good for anybody, especially one of the leaders," A's starter Tanner Roark told reporters after the game.
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If he's not feeling better, Chapman does have some wiggle room. While he's not necessarily replaceable, the A's will be calling up No. 8 prospect Sheldon Neuse who is currently killing the ball in Triple-A. And while he was originally on his way to the big league club to fill the spot of Khris Davis who is out on paternity leave, he has also played some third and second base.