The Kansas City Royals' Omar Infante sustained a serious head injury after being hit on the chin by a Heath Bell fastball in the seventh innings during their victory over Tampa Bay Rays Monday.
Infante was unable to take evasive action from of Bell’s pacey pitch which caused a laceration to the left side of his face and a sprained jaw.
Fortunately, when the batsman was treated at the University of Kansas Medical Centre there was no concussion discovered but Infante left the stadium in immense pain, according to MLB.com.“I think he’s going to be okay,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “It’s a lot better than it could have been that is for sure.”
Infante will be assessed over the next few days but it is hoped he will not be out injured for a substantial period of time.
“We’re going to have to take a little bit of time with him,” Yost explained. “He could hardly talk on Monday night, he couldn’t even open his jaw and that is what made me nervous, but it’ll be okay.”
Infante took right-hander Bell’s fastball on the left-side of his jaw and was helped off the pitch by medical staff. At the time there was huge concern for the batsman’s well-being after a large amount of blood fell from Infante, but early signs show no break or concussion.
The second baseman signed for the Royals this season after spending two years at the Detroit Tigers. An All-Star in 2010, Infante had featured in every match of the Royals season so far, and the team have not decided what action to take next.
According to MLB.com, Infante will not be placed on the disabled list and they will not recall an infielder from the Minor League. Yost said: “We’re still evaluating our options and we’ll go from there.”
The Royals went on to win the game 4-2 against the Rays after their stricken second baseman left the field.
The two sides play a double-header on Wednesday before the Royals visit Minnesota Twins at the weekend.
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