Thu May 27 09:23pm EDT
UPDATE: Carrie Muskat of MLB.com Tweets that Baker's vision is "fine" after being diagnosed with an ocular migraine.
Still, this might be one of the scariest moments ever seen on a Major League Baseball field.
Rather, one that was not seen.
The Chicago Cubs removed infielder Jeff Baker(notes) from the game in the eighth inning Thursday because he lost vision in his right eye. Even more frightening, they pulled him after he failed to react — Baker didn't move his feet a molecule — on a line drive that went right past his position at third base.
Russell Martin(notes) led off the eighth with a single to left field that whizzed by Baker perhaps eight feet to his left. Strangely (so it seemed) Baker stayed in an athletic position, only moving his head after the ball was by him. As if he heard it sizzle past.
It's a good thing Martin didn't hit it closer to Baker, like at his head.
"Baker had vision problems and couldn't see out of his right eye," Piniella said. "It was a little scary."
Baker was examined by Dr. Jon Rosin, the team opthamologist. The club expected to know more on Friday.
"We had to get him out of there," Piniella said of Baker.
UPDATE: Muskat also Tweets that Zambrano is fine and was taking grounders Friday morning.