Hit by pitch? Our team is ready
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Baseball often is laid-back, unfolding on gorgeous green fields under clear blue skies.
And then, boom. A pitch gets away, and a batter can’t get out of the way. Nothing pretty about that.
That’s what happened to Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Rymer Liriano during spring training in March 2016. He sustained multiple facial and nasal fractures when he was hit by a pitch from Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Matt West.
The good news is that advances in the treatment of such injuries had the 24-year-old on his way back to baseball sooner than later. He spent only one night in a hospital. Four days after being struck on the left side of the face, Liriano consulted with a plastic surgeon. A week later, he had plastic surgery to repair the facial fractures.
If something like that happens to a baseball or softball player in northeastern Wisconsin or Upper Michigan, a team of BayCare Clinic specialists stands ready to provide the same kind of immediate care.
- BayCare Clinic Emergency Physicians might be the first to treat a ballplayer with a facial injury.
- If the facial injury requires reconstructive surgery, the next step might be consulting with an oral & maxillofacial surgeon, a plastic surgeon or an oculoplastic surgeon. BayCare Clinic has specialty trained surgeons in all of these areas.
“We often see these kinds of sports injuries, and we’re proud to provide the first round of care,” says Dr. Ryan Murphy, an emergency physician at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.
“It’s a good feeling to be able to hand off to our colleagues and get these athletes back in action.”