Batting practice can be dangerous if you arent paying attention. And that goes for birds, too.
Prior to Wednesdays 9-2 loss to the Reds at PNC Park, the Pirates tried their best to become veterinarians. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pirates first baseman Josh Bell hit a bird with a batted ball. And then reliever Antonio Bastardo jumped into action:
Antonio Bastardo claims the little thing was "disorientated" after Josh Bell hit it in BP. Ray Searage said he has crazy glue if that helps. pic.twitter.com/hs6snH9xE5
— Stephen J. Nesbitt (@stephenjnesbitt) April 12, 2017
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Outfielders Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte also joined the triage unit before Bastardo tried to give his feathered friend some water. Yep, it got weird.
— Matt Freed (@mattfreedpghpg) April 12, 2017
The Post-Gazette reports Bastardo and the grounds crew were unable to get the bird to fly away, so they removed it from the playing area in a shoebox.
As of now, the birds fate remains a mystery. But the PNC bird was much luckier than this one: