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Indians’ rookie Lonnie Chisenhall suffers facial contusions on hit-by-pitch

Jul 8, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

Blue Jays' Arencibia checks on Indians' Chisenhall after he was hit in the face by a pitch during their MLB American League baseball game in Cleveland Reuters

Scary moment in the second inning of last night’s Blue Jays-Indians game, as rookie third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall was forced to leave the game after being struck in the cheek by a pitch from right-hander Carlos Villanueva.

Chisenhall was diagnosed with facial contusions and underwent a CT scan at a local hospital, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The 22-year-old missed time last month while playing with Triple-A Columbus after suffering a concussion and whiplash symptoms on a slide into third base, but there are no signs of a concussion at this time. His status will be updated later today.

Chisenhall is hitting .267/.313/.467 over his first 32 plate appearances since being promoted from the minors on June 27. He hit his first major league home run in Wednesday’s win over the Yankees.

  1. yankeesgameday - Jul 8, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    That home run against the Yankees was absolutely crushed. His swing is gorgeous. this is a real shame. Hope he makes it back soon and stays healthy.

    • motherscratcher23 - Jul 8, 2011 at 2:16 PM

      Ain’t that the truth. That ball was smoked. We are really high on this kid here in Cleveland, possibly a little too high, as we have been known to get on occasion. We do love our hope here.

      Why is it that lefties seem to have the most marvelous looking swings?

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Jul 8, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    I think he will be ok. I saw the replay numerous times on MLB network and it looked like his helmet smacked him in the face. Nothing appears to be broken so as long as there is no concussion, he should be good to go shortly.

    • browniebuck - Jul 8, 2011 at 2:43 PM

      Did you see the huge amount of swelling before he left the field? In the replays that I saw, the close ups, it looked like the ball only glanced off the ear flap and then went directly into his cheekbone. His right eye was a mess!

  3. Lukehart80 - Jul 8, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    This put a damper on the the joy of Hafner’s blast. After seeing Santana get his leg crushed and miss the rest of last season, I sure hope Chisenhall is back in the line-up posthaste.

  4. foreverchipper10 - Jul 8, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    This doesn’t sound as bad as what happened earlier this year to Marlon Byrd. Let’s be thankful for that.

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