Six days after having surgery to repair three facial fractures, Ryan Vogelsong spoke to members of the Pittsburgh media to talk about the 92 MPH fastball he took to the face on May 23 against the Colorado Rockies.
“All things considered, I feel really good,” Vogelsong told reporters. “I feel, honestly, pretty normal. I remember getting hit. I remember laying on the field. I remember everything I said. I remember telling myself that I had to stand up, because I knew my son [Ryder] was in the play room, and my wife [Nicole] and her family were in the stands. I remember telling myself, ‘You’ve got to get up. You’ve got to stand up.’ Especially for my son, not being able to talk to me right away, so he’d know I was OK. But I remember all of it.”
Vogelsong had fractures to the nasal bone, the inferior border of his orbit and the orbital floor repaired by Dr. Randall Beatty.
“I don’t know if I blinked at the wrong time,” Vogelsong said, “or if it was something with the way the sky was that day — it was a little hazy — but I never saw the ball until right before it hit me in the eye. It felt like my eye had exploded or detached.”
Originally placed on the 15-day DL, Vogelsong has since been moved to the 60-day DL.
“If you know anything about what I’ve been through, at the end of the day I’m like, it doesn’t really surprise me,” Vogelsong said. “Just another obstacle that I’m going to get over and add to the story, the legend.”
The former San Francisco Giants pitcher is 1-1 with a 3.74 ERA in 12 games -- two starts -- for the Pirates this year.