Kyle Seager called Matt Shoemaker everyday following his brain surgery

Updated: October 7, 2016

The Los Angeles Angels pitcher who underwent emergency brain surgery after being hit in the head by a line drive of the bat of Kyle Seager had to undergo emergency surgery to stop bleeding on his brain. Unfortunately Shoemaker was diagnosed with a fractured skull and a hematoma after being hit on the tragic day of Sept. 4.

Thankfully, Shoemaker is still standing today and is ready to get back on the mound for the Halos next season. The pitcher sat down with ABC7 in an exclusive interview where he talked about the whole scenario.

“I remember throwing the pitch but I think it happened so quick, I didn’t see it,” Shoemaker told ABC News’ Kanya Whitworth in his first interview since the accident. “There was an artery right under where I got hit so it, you know, damaged the artery [and] caused the bleed.”

Shoemaker was later asked about a possible new safety hat that may be featured in the following baseball season, he’s down to wear it.

“I am 100 percent trying all these options in the off-season, you know, to see, you know, comfort, fit, all that stuff,” he said. “It if feels and works like a baseball hat, I’d be definitely willing to wear it.”

Later in the interview, he brought up Mariners Kyle Seager who hit the line drive and thanked him for his concern.

“Seager probably apologized around 100 times, he would call me everyday asking me how I was. Stuff like this happens, but Seager will always be a classy player”

The MLB and the Players Association met with several pitchers to get their feedback on a half cap prototype – a hybrid cap and helmet, according to a statement yesterday from the MLB. The statement added that more than a dozen pitchers had received personalized half caps at the beginning of 2016 Spring Training, and noted that no player had yet chosen to wear the headgear during live game action.

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