Brewers' Jacob Junis was taken by ambulance after being hit by the ball

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PITTSBURGH — The Milwaukee Brewers' bad luck has somehow gotten worse.

Pitcher Jacob Junis was taken off the field by ambulance after he was hit by a batted ball while running down the field while the Pittsburgh Pirates held batting practice before the series opener at PNC Park on Monday afternoon.

“Brewers outfielder Jacob Junis was struck in the neck by a batted ball during batting practice,” the Brewers said in a statement. “He is conscious, alert and responsive. He was sent to the hospital for further evaluation.”

Milwaukee reporters were inside the clubhouse to interview manager Pat Murphy at the time of the accident but those on the field indicated that Junis had been hit near the warning track and immediately collapsed.

Jones, who is on the injured list with a shoulder ailment, was on the field for about 15 minutes while being tended to. He was in an alert state while being transferred to the ambulance.

Milwaukee placed starting pitcher Wade Miley on the 15-day injured list earlier today due to left elbow inflammation, joining Junis and DL Hall as key members of the starting rotation placed on the IL in a 36-hour period. The Brewers also lack prospect Robert Gasser, who likely would have made his MLB debut this week if not for bone spurs in his elbow.

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