Braves' Newcomb exits after liner off head

Atlanta Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb exited his start against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday after getting hit in the back of the head with a line drive.

Newcomb was pitching in the third inning when a comebacker off the bat of Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto hit off his head and into the Philadelphia dugout for a ground-rule double. The line drive exited Realmuto's bat at 102 mph. Newcomb turned his head away before impact but was still hit squarely.

A trainer came to check on Newcomb before he walked off the field under his own power. The 26-year-old gave up two unearned runs on three hits in 2 2/3 innings, walking two and striking out three.

Right-hander Touki Toussaint took over in relief.

Newcomb, in his third season with the Braves, entered the outing 1-0 with a 2.59 ERA in 19 games (three starts) this season.

--Field Level Media