Jul 14, 2013; Flushing , NY, USA; USA pitcher Jesse Biddle throws a pitch during the 2013 All Star Futures Game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Phillies prospect Jesse Biddle misses start after being hit on head by hail


The universe will never run out of bizarre ways to injure baseball players. We were reminded of that again this weekend when Philadelphia Phillies pitching prospect Jesse Biddle was held out of his scheduled Sunday start with a head injury he reportedly suffered while being pelted with hailstones.

Baseball players live in constant danger of being hit on the head, but not usually by chunks of ice hurled at them from the heavens.

Biddle reportedly was struck in the head by an ice pellet during a Thursday hail storm and experienced a headache severe enough for him to be shut down. Reading Fightin’ Phils manager Dusty Wathan says the move was made as a precaution and Biddle should be okay for his next start.

While we’re talking about precautionary measures, here’s another one I would suggest. In future, if Biddle insists on running around during hailstorms, tell him to wear a helmet.

Or, here’s a thought, don’t run around outside when hunks of ice are falling down on you from the sky. Ice is hard, and if it hits you on the head with enough velocity, it will injure you.

The Phillies can’t be too happy with Mr. Biddle after this incident. Right now, Biddle is the #1 pitching prospect in the Phillies system. And the way things are going for the big club, they are going to need him sooner rather than later.

The Phillies would like him to abstain from frolicking in the hail, from now on.

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