New York Yankees starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell had to leave Monday night’s game in the second inning after a terrifying moment.

If there’s one thing in baseball that nobody likes to even come close to seeing, it’s when a hard comebacker off the bat of a professional MLB hitter goes straight back to the mound. Even the batter can’t help but display his disgust en route to first base.

This is exactly what happened tonight in the second inning of a game between the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins.

Twins infielder Eduardo Nunez – former Yankee to boot – smashed a line drive right in the direction of Yankees staring pitcher Bryan Mitchell. The results were unnerving to say the least.

The ball hit Mitchell in the side of the face, promptly forcing him to leave the game after recording just five outs. The 24-year old was in search of his first career big league win tonight at Yankee Stadium.

Caleb Cotham has since relieved Mitchell with the Yanks leading the Twins after two innings of play.

Obviously though, everybody’s thoughts and prayers are with Mitchell for the time being.

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