Baseball is a game that appears to the casual observer as a non-contact sport. But the reality is that players in Major League Baseball put their bodies on the line several times a week for their team.
Los Angeles Angels showed the baseball watching world that grit and determination last Saturday when they faced Texas Rangers. Outfielder Collin Cowgill stepped up to bat in the eighth inning and unfortunately he became the victim of a terrible injury.
You may laugh
Now some of you reading this may think the video below is funny, and it's hard not to. Whenever somebody gets hit in the face there is a natural reaction to laugh. But this situation was not a joke for Cowgill, with his injuries from the incident including a facial fracture and a thumb injury.
In the video above, Rangers reliever Matt West throws down the pitch with plenty of velocity towards the batter. Cowgill was attempting to bunt the ball but it went horribly wrong.
After West's powerful release, Cowgill realises that the ball is coming at him awkwardly and he tries to avoid the ball altogether. But his attempt fails, and the ball glances off his bat and into his face.
Though the incident does have the potential to make people laugh, Cowgill will actually have to sit out for 15-days as a result.
The Angels have placed him on the 15-day disabled list, and he will require surgery on both his facial fracture and fractured right thumb injury.