The Mets announced that outfielder Kevin Pillar suffered multiple nasal fractures after being hit in the nose with a Jacob Webb fastball in the top of the seventh inning last night against the Braves. He will be meeting with a facial specialist in Atlanta later today to explore his options.
The Webb pitch caused Pillar to keel over as blood poured from his nose into the batter’s box. After the Mets’ training staff halted the bleeding, Pillar stood up and left the field on his own power. The game paused as both teams showed their respect to Pillar, while Braves manager Brian Snitker removed and consoled Webb in the dugout.
Pillar tweeted out his good health last night, presumably from the hospital, soon after the Mets 3-1 victory over the Braves. The hit-by-pitch ended up being the game winning RBI, something Pillar pointed out in his message to his followers.
This is not the first time Pillar has been hit in the face with a fastball. While playing for the Giants in 2019, Pillar took a 97-mph Dinelson Lamet pitch to the chin, though there was no significant damage as he avoided a concussion at played the following day. With possible surgery on the horizon for Pillar, that scenario does not seem possible this time around.