Royals' Infante Avoids Concussion After Being Hit In Face By Pitch

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Omar Infante of the Kansas City Royals has been hit in the face by a pitch from Tampa Bay reliever Heath Bell.

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost, left, comforts Omar Infante (14) as trainers help him from the field during the seventh inning of the MLB American League baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Monday, April 7, 2014. Infante was hit by a pitch from Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Heath Bell. The Royals defeated the Rays 4-2. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Update From Royals:

KANSAS CITY, MO (April 8, 2014) – Overnight tests on Kansas City second baseman Omar Infante revealed he suffered a non-concussive head injury when he was struck by a pitch in the seventh inning of last night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Infante, 32, who was diagnosed at the University of Kansas Medical Center, suffered a laceration on the lower left side of his face that required six stitches. He also incurred a sprain of his right jaw due to the impact of the pitch. The immediate plan is to evaluate him over the next 48 hours, though based on the Kansas City medical team’s initial diagnosis it does not appear he’ll miss a significant amount time. There is no determination at this time as to whether this will necessitate a stint on the disabled list.

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Original Story:

Omar Infante of the Kansas City Royals has been hit in the face by a pitch from Tampa Bay reliever Heath Bell.

Infante immediately left Monday night's game against the Rays in the seventh inning, walking off under his own power with Royals trainers Nick Kenney and Kyle Turner. Infante, hit in the left cheek, was spitting blood and had blood on his forehead as trainers held a towel to his face.

Danny Valencia ran for Infante, who signed a $30.25 million, four-year contract with the Royals in December after hitting .318 last season for Detroit.


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