Pirates Pitcher Ryan Vogelsong Undergoes Facial Surgery

Ryan Vogelsong

In case you missed the Pirates game on May 23rd against the Rockies, right-handed pitcher Ryan Vogelsong was hit by a pitch in just the second inning of the game. Jordan Lyles of the Colorado Rockies threw a fastball high-and-tight that struck Vogelsong in the left eye. If you watch the video, the commentators were having a conversation about how Lyles needed to not hit Vogelsong. Quite a crazy coincidence if you ask me.

The veteran pitcher was carted off the field and taken straight to the hospital. He suffered several facial fractures and was placed on the 15-day DL for the Pirates. Just yesterday Ryan Vogelsong went into surgery at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh to have the fractures repaired and is reportedly doing well.

Although this is a terrifying incident, it isn’t the first time it has happened to him-kind of. Back in May of 2013 Vogelsong was playing for the Giants. He was pitching a good game through the first five innings. Up to bat on almost the same day as his most recent injury, he swung on an inside fastball that hit him in the hand, fracturing several bones and dislocating a joint. Initially he was supposed to be out for 4-6 weeks. It took almost 12 weeks of recovery before he returned in August of 2013.

The game against the Rockies on the 23rd was Ryan Vogelsong’s second start. For the Buccos this season he has gone 1-1 with 12 appearances and a 3.74 ERA. Despite losing their starter, the Pirates pulled off the win with a final score of 6-3.