DENVER — Colorado Rockies bowl Ryan Feltner has a fractured skull and concussion after being hit by a line drive from the bat of Philadelphia Phillies‘ Nick Castellanos.
Feltner was injured Saturday night and is expected to be released from Sweden Medical Center later Sunday. They will not need surgery.
“Overall, he’s good,” Colorado manager Bud Black said before Sunday’s game. “I think the feeling is that it could have been worse.”
Feltner, 26, was placed on the 15-day injured list. Asked if the righty would be out for days, weeks or months, Black said “probably eventually.”
Feltner was hurt in the second inning when Castellanos hit a 92.7 mph slider back to the mound. The ball hit Feltner in the right back of his head, and he fell to the ground. He lay on his stomach while two members of the Rockies’ gym helped him. He was able to stand up and leave the field with the help of two trainers.
Black said Feltner is “still sane” and was texting with teammates, his parents, medical staff and the manager on Saturday. Black said he thinks Feltner will be back with the team on Monday or Tuesday.
“They just need time for the injuries to heal and for the collisions to subside,” Black said. “From everything I’ve been told here this morning, things are going well.”
Feltner is 2-3 with a 5.86 ERA.
Right-hander Riley Pint was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque, where the 25-year-old reliever has a 7.41 ERA in 13 appearances this season.
“At some point, we’re going to need a starter right at Ryan,” Black said. “We’ll do it this week.”