Brewers’ Junis hit in neck by line drive

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jakob Junis is wheeled to an ambulance in the outfield of PNC Park after being hit by a ball during batting practice before a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Monday, April 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jakob Junis of the Milwaukee Brewers was taken away in an ambulance after being hit in the neck by a line drive during batting practice at Pittsburgh on Monday.

The right-hander was standing in the outfield when he was struck by the hard-hit ball off the bat of Pirates infielder Alika Williams. Junis remained down for about 20 minutes while being treated by medical teams. He was alert while being loaded onto an ambulance and taken from PNC Park.

The teams said in a joint statement that Junis was “conscious, alert and responsive” and was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Junis, 31, went on the 15-day injured list on April 6 because of a shoulder impingement. He has made one start this season, allowing one run and three hits in four innings against the Minnesota Twins on April 2.

Since debuting in the majors with Kansas City on April 12, 2017, Junis is 38-45 with a 4.63 ERA in eight seasons with the Royals, San Francisco and Milwaukee.

Earlier Monday, the Brewers placed left-handed starter Wade Miley on the 15-day IL with left elbow inflammation. He joined left-hander DL Hall, who went on the IL because of a left knee sprain on Sunday.


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