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Mariners’ first-round pick gets hit in face, has broken jaw

Aug 23, 2013, 6:42 PM EDT

D.J. Peterson AP

Outfielder D.J. Peterson, the 12th overall pick in the 2013 draft, was scheduled for jaw surgery Friday after getting hit in the face by a pitch while playing for low Single-A Clinton on Thursday night.

The Mariners said Peterson suffered an open fracture to the left mandible.

Peterson, a product of the University of New Mexico, was hitting .293/.346/.576 with seven homers in 99 at-bats in the Midwest League before getting hurt. He came in at .312/.382/.532 with six homers in 109 at-bats for short-season Everest before his promotion.

Assuming he recovers as planned over the next couple of months, he should be ready to go by the time spring training rolls around. As a first-round pick, he might get an invitation to major league camp, though he’ll probably open the season in high-A ball.

  1. garlicfriesandbaseball - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Too bad. Really. It’s not like the Mariner’s haven’t had their share of problems. Good luck and best wishes to the young rookie!

  2. bowwserr - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Man 2 of these on the same day, 3 in a week? I know Stassi’s wasn’t AS bad (seems as bad to me as I was watching the Rangers/Stros game when it happened), but that is some crazy coincidence. Best wishes to this kid.

  3. bronco58lb - Aug 23, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    It’s nice to see Jason Churchill get beat on this story.

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