Royals' Hosmer relieved Cobb appears to be fine
Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer said he "kind of shut down" after his line drive struck Rays righthander Alex Cobb during Saturday's game.
"Scary stuff," he said. "I honestly didn't even want to run to first... I'm not going to lie to you, I was not focused on the game at all. I was thinking about how he was doing."
But Hosmer appeared relieved to hear the news that Cobb is expected to be okay, having suffered a minor concussion. Cobb will stay overnight in the hospital, the Rays said, and Hosmer planned to join Shields and ex-Ray Elliot Johnson to visit him tonight.
"It's fricken scary stuff," Hosmer said. "I'm glad he's allright... There's a lot of things racing through my mind, and I just kind of shut down after that happened. It's not a fun spot to be in. It's tough."
Royals manager Ned Yost said there was nothing Cobb could do, as "you can't hit a ball harder than (Hosmer) hit that ball."
"It just makes everybody in the stadium sick to their stomach when something like that happens," Yost said.
Shields raced over to the other side to be with Cobb as he got in the ambulance. He was glad to see that Cobb was talking and responsive, and passed the news onto his Royals teammates, with Yost saying it made everyone feel a lot better.
Shields said he got texts from Price that Cobb was laughing at jokes and being normal, which was a good sign. "Hopefully his hard-headedness is definitely real hard," Shields quipped.
But while early indications are good, Shields said he got "emotional" over what happened, not knowing what could happen.
"Brandon McCarthy, he walked off the field and everyone thought he was okay," Shields said. "Maybe just a concussion, and next thing you know they're having (brain) surgery. So far so good."
Hosmer planned to visit Cobb to show he "cares."
"I don't know if there's anything to say to him," Hosmer said. "I just wanted to go there and show him that I care how he's doing, and me and my family are really praying that he's going to be able to be back and everything is allright."