There was another frightening moment in a baseball game Monday night when Omar Infante, the Kansas City Royals’ second baseman, was struck on the chin by a pitch.
Infante collapsed, but never lost consciousness and was helped off the field. He underwent concussion tests and a cut on his jaw was stitched up. At first, it looked as if he’d been struck in the eye area.
“He got the cut but he’s got some real soreness up here [right side of head] and that’s from the jaw getting smoked on the [left] side,” Royals Manager Ned Yost said. “Yeah, we’re worried about a concussion, too. … He was bleeding tremendously from the cut and I didn’t know until they had taken him upstairs that he got hit on the jaw. I thought he got hit in the face somewhere. I had no idea because when we got there they had the towel and there was blood all down his shirt.”
Bell felt terrible afterward.
“My prayers go out to him. I went and asked the umpire how bad did I get him, what did he see,” Bell said. “He said it got him on the chin pretty good. I was just happy it wasn’t the eye. I’ve played against Omar for 10 or 15 years. I hope he has a speedy recovery.”
Yost admitted that he was shaken by the incident.
“It was kind of a cool night and I noticed I broke out in a sweat real quick,” Yost said. “So it definitely affected me. We all felt better when we found out it was in the chin area instead of in the eye or in the nose. That gave us all a bit of a sense of relief, that it wasn’t as serious as it could have been. But it shakes you for sure because it’s a very ugly sound to see somebody get hit in the face.”
The incident is the second frightening one that the Royals have witnessed. During a Cactus League game last month, Cincinnati Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman was struck by a line drive off the bat of KC catch Salvador Perez. Chapman, who suffered facial fractures, opened the season on the disabled list and recently began throwing again.