Cueto pitches three innings after taking line drive to head


San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto was hit in the head by a line drive off the first pitch of Monday's spring training game against the Oakland Athletics, but proceeded to pitch three innings before being taken to a hospital to be evaluated under the team's concussion protocol.

Making just his second start of the spring after signing a six-year, $130million contract this off-season, Cueto was hit by a Billy Burns drive.

Cueto seemed unfazed and even laughed off the situation while trainers visited the mound.

He was allowed to remain in the game and allowed three runs on five hits with a pair of strikeouts.

The Giants said Cueto was unable to speak to reporters, according to the San Francisco Chronicle , and there was no immediate word on whether he was experiencing concussion-like symptoms.