Sean Newcomb was in for a scary scene on Saturday. After dealing a pitch to Phillies backstop J.T. Realmuto, a pitcher's worst nightmare took place, as the ball was ripped right back at the mound. Newcomb had no time to react, barely managing to turn his head and protect his face.
Fortunately, Newcomb was able to walk off the field under his own strength, though he did not return to the game.
This is just another instance which highlights how dangerous it can be to pitch off an MLB mound. Realmuto's liner was an absolute bullet, and Newcomb is incredibly lucky he was able to turn away from the ball.
Things could have been a lot worse for the Braves' hurler, but it seems he's avoided serious injury.