Cordier OK, with team in Columbus



By Ben Beitzel

Staff Writer



A scary sight found welcome relief early Friday morning with news that Gwinnett Braves’ pitcher Erik Cordier was not only stable, but in excellent condition after he took a line dive off the back right of his head Thursday night.

Cordier, who left the Coolray Field on a stretcher, left Gwinnett Medical Center with just 15 stitches in his head. That’s it. No concussion. No fractures. He made the trip with the team to Friday’s game at Columbus, Ohio and was not even placed on the Class AAA seven-day disabled list.

Pending evaluation, he could pitch in his next scheduled start Tuesday at Louisville.

Cordier waved as he left Coolray Field and never lost consciousness. He was first described as having a contusion behind his right ear and later the diagnosis included a deep laceration.

“God had Blessed me,” the right-hander tweeted last night.

He was pitching in the sixth inning with one out and the bases loaded, when Jesus Flores smashed a line drive toward the mound. As Cordier moved to dodge the ball he turned and it caromed off his head and into left field. He immediately fell to the ground and was attended to by head trainer Mike Graus and on-field medical staff. Pitching coach Marty Reed, manager Dave Brundage and teammates both from the field and the dugout surrounded Cordier. Thirteen minutes later he was wheeled off the field to applause as he waved his right hand.

“It puts the fear of God in you,” Brundage said after the game.

Cordier was the third person this season Brundage watched take a line drive to his head. Class A Lynchburg manager Luis Salazar lost his eye in spring training and former G-Braves’ pitcher Rodrigo Lopez took a ball off his chin on the final day of spring training.

“I have seen my share this season,” Brundage said.