Yankees righthanded pitching prospect Brady Lail said he's "just fine" after getting hit in the head by a line drive seven pitches into his start Monday night for Double-A Trenton.
Lail, who reportedly walked off the field under his own power after the one-out smash beaned him, tweeted his status late Monday night.
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"I just want to thank everyone for your support! Im just fine! This experience made me appreciate this sport even more, and every1 in my life," Lail wrote on Twitter.
Lail, 21, has a 4.37 ERA in six starts for Trenton this season. In four minor league seasons, the 18th-round pick out of Utah has impressed with impeccable control -- 45 walks in 236 1/3 innings (plus 206 strikeouts). Nine of those walks have come this season as he adjusts to Double-A. Lail was coming off one of his best starts on May 6, when he allowed one run in five innings, striking out three and walking one.
After Lail exited the game Monday, Johnny Barbato pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing one hit and striking out three. Chris Smith followed with three shutout innings of his own, but Portland scored unearned runs in the seventh and eighth innings and beat Trenton, 2-1.
Rightfielder Aaron Judge was 1-for-4, raising his average to .328, and threw out a runner at home. Third baseman Eric Jagielo went 1-for-4 with a double for Trenton (14-17, 5th place in Eastern League Eastern).
(15-17, 4th place in International League North)
Starter Bryan Mitchell gave up seven hits, one walk and six runs -- all in 1/3 of an inning -- in a disastrous 6-2 loss to Norfolk. Second baseman Rob Refsnyder was 1-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and a stolen base. Refsnyder is 19-for-51 (.372) with five doubles since April 25, has a hit in 12 of his last 13 games and hasn't made an error in his last 12 games.
SINGLE-A ADVANCED TAMPA
(17-14, 2nd place is Florida State League North)
Shortstop Tyler Wade was 3-for-4 with a run scored, and first baseman Mike Ford went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs as Tampa beat St. Lucie, 4-2.
(19-12, 1st place in South Atlantic League Southern)
Designated hitter Connor Spencer was 2-for-4 with a double, and rightfielder Austin Aune went 2-for-4, but Charleston fell to West Virginia, 5-1.