Son of former Padre on life support after getting hit by baseball


The Atlanta Braves released a statement of support for former infielder Keith Lockhart whose son is on life support after getting hit in the face with a baseball last week.

In what was a weird scenario, Jackson Lockhart was hit in the face while crossing home plate as the catcher was attempting to throw the ball back to the pitcher during a tournament game in SC on June 17, according to a FOX report in Atlanta. The ball hit Jason as he was stepping onto home plate, breaking his nose. On Monday, Jason went to get X-rays, when his nose began to bleed profusely, and doctors could not get it to stop. "They will watch him for 24 hours and then he will go into surgery tomorrow to have his nose repacked and this will give them an opportunity to look back behind the packing to make sure there are no other areas bleeding".

Even subtle movements were causing constant bleeding, ultimately resulting in Jason being heavily sedated and put on life support on Friday, according to Sydney. A CT scan showed a tear to one of his arteries. "It's been insane", Sydney told 11Alive.

"Thank you for those that have sat with us in the middle of the night while Jason was in surgery, prayed with us, cried with us, distracted us, brought food and snacks, and the many texts and emails full of scripture, love, prayers, or anything on your hearts to reach out to us".

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In a Facebook post written by his sister, Channel 2 Action News learned that the "simple" surgery became a "massive ball of complications". They determined all bleeding was, in fact, in the nose and not coming from his brain.

A few hours earlier, Sydney shared doctors hoped to take Jason off the ventilator after surgery. All they ask is for continuing prayers.

Back at school, Drust says Jason is in their prayers, and so is the catcher.

Keith Lockhart played for 10 seasons in Major League Baseball on teams including the Padres, Braves and Kansas City Royals before retiring in 2003.