The Chicago White Sox utilized the expanded September roster and recalled starter Erik Johnson last weekend. The former 2nd round draft pick took the mound Sunday afternoon to battle the American League leading Kansas City Royals. Although he looked sharp in his return to the show, Johnson did have a scary moment in the 6th inning (Video). After shattering Alex Gordon’s bat on a two strike pitch, he quickly had to brace for impact as the sharp jagged bat head was flying toward him. Luckily he was able to avert the 30 ounce projectile moments before the barrel of the bat struck his head. After the game EJ recalled the dangerous play, “I turned back around to look at the play at first, and the bat kind of appeared in my face. I was lucky enough to get my glove over my face and then my other arm to protect me.” He went on to say he was thankful there were no residual injuries, even though the play did knock him out of the game. This serves another reminder the diamond can be a dangerous place, even when you’re dealing on the bump. Perhaps the White Sox starter will consider seeking some protection and peace of mind from Ball Cap Liner before his next start.

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