Not a great afternoon to be a pitcher. Phillies starter Roy Oswalt took a line drive off the bat of Manny Ramirez in spring training action this afternoon.
Oswalt hit the ground right away as the entire team raced to the mound to check on one of their aces. Scary as it first appeared, the ball seems to have bounced off Oswalt’s neck or shoulder.


That’s a relief. Always a good sign when the player gets up under his own power. No doubt a scary moment for Oswalt and all Phillies fans. Another injury might just drive the team with four incredible starting pitchers and five straight post season appearances (including back to back trips to the World Series) over the edge.

Typical “Manny being Manny” here as well. If he had shown some hustle or effort, he could’ve got around on the Oswalt offering quicker and pulled it out of harm’s way.

Meanwhile, the Brandon Webb reclamation project suffered another setback today. Scheduled to throw live batting practice, the former Cy Young winner is now shut down indefinitely. Were I a betting man, I’d say “indefinitely” means “forever” for Webb.

Update: Reports now state Oswalt was struck near the ear but did not lose consciousness or experience any dizziness. The Phillies hurler left the game after the incident and is scheduled for x-rays later today.

Update II: MLB.com has the video, watch if you dare. It’s quite benign, really.