Giants coach Roberto Kelly struck by line drive during batting practice, suffers head injury

A scary scene played out at AT&T Park on Saturday afternoon during what should have a quiet and laid back batting practice session for the San Francisco Giants as they prepare for Game 1 of the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals.

According to several writers at the ballpark, including Comcast Sports Nets' Andrew Baggerly, Giants first base coach Roberto Kelly was struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of MVP candidate Buster Posey and remained on the ground for several minutes while trainers tended to him and players gathered around to show their support.

For a few heart-stopping moments that was a lot of concern in the park about his condition, especially considering he was struck in the head, but eventually Kelly was able to get to his feet and walk off. Though he did need assistance from two trainers to steady himself.

According to Baggerly's colleague Amy Gutierrez, Kelly was immediately taken to a nearby hospital where he will be evaluated for a possible concussion.

She also noted Kelly was not wearing a helmet when the incident occurred. During his job as a first base coach Kelly is required to do so, but there are obviously no such requirements for coaches or anybody during a batting practice session. But considering how often injuries like this occur, it might be time for some more thought to be put into players and coaches safety during BP.

Anyway, that's a discussion for another time. For now, we just wish Roberto Kelly a speedy recovery and hope to see him backing doing his job soon.

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