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Omar Infante hit in face by pitch, undergoing tests for concussion and broken jaw

Apr 7, 2014, 11:47 PM EDT

Omar Infante AP AP

UPDATE: Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that Infante received stitches and is undergoing tests to determine whether his jaw is broken. It is feared that he may have suffered a concussion.

10:50 p.m. ET: Scary moment in Kansas City this evening, as Royals second baseman Omar Infante was hit in the face by a pitch from Rays right-hander Heath Bell in the bottom of the seventh inning. You can see the video here, but it’s not an easy watch.

The pitch appeared to hit Infante in the jaw/chin area. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, he was left bloodied and walked off the field with help from trainers. The team should provide an update soon.

Infante, 32, signed a four-year, $30.25 million contract with the Royals during the offseason.

  1. clydeserra - Apr 7, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    that particular game seems dangerous. Shut it down

  2. Earnest Christian - Apr 7, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Reblogged this on Earnest Christian presents The OpinioNation | Sports and Pop Culture.

  3. nsstlfan - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    Clydeserra…. Do you just like saying stupid things that don’t make sense? This is like the third post that I’ve read of yours that doesn’t make any.

    • clydeserra - Apr 8, 2014 at 12:18 AM

      doesn’t make any what? Any ice cream? any buggy whips? any attempt to use the reply button?

      don’t leave me hanging bro!

      • rpearlston - Apr 8, 2014 at 4:05 PM

        The subject was ,making sense. The fact that you can’t tell that proves that nsstifan is familiar with your level intellectual development, and wrote something with the capacity to prove his point. That you don’t understand that did just that – proved his point.

      • clydeserra - Apr 8, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        Me? not understand English?

  4. bronx77 - Apr 8, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    The reaction of the rays shortstop sums it up. Nobody wants to see this. Hope he didn’t suffer a concussion. Speedy recovery infante.

    • clydeserra - Apr 8, 2014 at 12:20 AM

      I can’t imagine people getting in back in the box after something like this.

      Hope he is ok

  5. tfbuckfutter - Apr 8, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Man, what is it with dudes getting hit in the face this year?

    • historiophiliac - Apr 8, 2014 at 12:16 AM

      Let’s go back to the HBPiD!

      • nbjays - Apr 8, 2014 at 8:17 AM

        Why am I not surprised…

  6. historiophiliac - Apr 8, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    I don’t even want to watch. I hope Infante bounces back quickly and it looks worse than it ends up being. Speedy recovery, former Tiger.

  7. 4d3fect - Apr 8, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    We’d just subscribed to the package and tuned in to see..this.

    At first I thought it was a typical “it bounced off his shoulder first” HBP.

    ohhh nooo….

  8. beerndrums - Apr 8, 2014 at 6:09 AM


  9. proudlycanadian - Apr 8, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    This is a reminder that baseball can be a dangerous game. Hitters are also at risk to broken hands and wrists. Pitchers are also at risk. Last season, 2 pitchers got hit in the head by line drives and this spring, Chapman got hit in the head by a line drive.

    • stex52 - Apr 8, 2014 at 8:25 AM

      They are bigger and faster and stronger all the time. Not that it hasn’t always happened, but is seems a bit worse lately.

      I hope the injuries are not major and he is back soon.

    • okobojicat - Apr 8, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      I was at the AAA game last night in Tacoma. Tacoma’s pitcher did not have it working. Hit a guy on the hand; luckily it just grazed him and the ball skipped back to the back stop. My heart went out to the guy for that second. Those hand injuries are terrible and for a AAA player just trying to stay in another couple years, could end a career.

      The pitcher gave up a grand slam to Brooks Conrad (!!!) two batters later, so you know he really didn’t have it. Man, spring baseball in the sun is so great.

      Nick Franklin looked terrible defensively at SS. Jesus Montero looked like the laziest SOB and really just swung like he was drunk.

    • rpearlston - Apr 8, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      Can baseball be risky to play? Of course. But it’s no more risky than is crossing any street at any time.
      Everything that we do in this life carries an inherent but finite risk. You either figure how to accept and then work around that risk, or you withdraw completely from life, curl up in a ball, and die.
      It’s your choice.

  10. musketmaniac - Apr 8, 2014 at 5:18 PM


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