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Niskayuna grad Whitley hurt by foul ball in dugout

Niskayuna grad Whitley hurt by foul ball in dugout

Niskayuna grad Whitley hurt by foul ball in dugout
Garrett Whitley with the Hudson Valley Renegades in August 2016
Photographer: Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer

SARASOTA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays minor-league outfielder and Niskayuna High School graduate Garrett Whitley was hit under the right eye by a foul ball during Monday’s game and taken to a Sarasota hospital with a facial injury.

Whitley was sitting on the bench in the Rays dugout when he was struck by a ball hit sharply by Baltimore’s Renato Nunez that bounced through the opening between two screens in front of the dugout.

Manager Kevin Cash said Whitley, 22, did not lose consciousness and was not bleeding extensively, which were good signs. He was taken to an area hospital for X-rays and/or scans.

“That was pretty scary,’’ Cash said. “From the initial test and exam, he was coherent, his eyes were moving fine. He’s going to have a pretty good welt. ... That was scary. ... The only blood that I saw was a little bit out of his nose, and then almost like the seam of the baseball split him just a little bit, not like a gash.’’

Infielder Joey Wendle said he didn’t see Whitley get hit by the ball, adding that he “heard not good things” and that Whitley was “pretty banged up.”

Later Monday, Whitley tweeted: “Thank you to everyone who reached out with well wishes today. I truly appreciate every single one of you.”

Whitley was the Rays’ first-round pick in the 2015 draft out of Niskayuna High School and has moved slowly in the system, missing all of 2018 after injuring his shoulder during spring training and requiring surgery.

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