Houston Astros prospect Delino DeShields Jr was smashed in the face by a 90mph fastball and suffered a fractured cheekbone during a Double-A game for the Corpus Christi Hooks last Friday.
But the big-hitter’s swollen left cheek has caught the eye of the media after it ballooned to almost three times it’s normal size leaving fans and players startled when DeShields Jr returned from hospital.
The 21-year-old is expected to be out injured for a few weeks to let the swelling drop and the fracture to heal and he was quick to thank well-wishers via Twitter:
Despite the injury the youngster bounced back the next day and was at the ground to support his team against the Frisco RoughRiders – an affiliate team of MLB outfit Texas Rangers.
And the player's father believes his son would be able to bounce back in a few weeks and not be put off by his horrific injury.
DeShields senior, 45, spent 12 years in MLB and played for Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, St Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs.
Junior has taken after his father and become a big hitter who can play either centre field or second baseman. Senior spent the majority of his career at second base but so far his offspring seems happy to alternate between positions as he works his way into the major leagues.
The 21-year-old was drafted by the Astros in 2010 and is expected to make the jump to MLB for Houston at some point next season.
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