Omar Infante suffered 'non-concussive head injury' after struck in face by pitch
Royals second baseman Omar Infante did not suffer a concussion when he was hit in the jaw with an 89 mph two-seam fastball from Rays reliever Heath Bell Monday night.
Tests administered at the University of Kansas Medical Center revealed Infante suffered a jaw sprain and a "non-concussive head injury," a team spokesman told Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star. Infante also required six stitches to close a jaw laceration.
The team will continue to evaluate him over the next 48 hours before making a decision about the disabled list, according to the Star.
A team spokesman relayed a positive outlook from the team’s medical staff. “Based on the Kansas City medical team’s initial diagnosis, it does not appear he’ll miss a significant amount of time,” the spokesman said.
Infante attempted to spin away from the pitch and fell to the ground but never lost consciousness. He was seen bleeding into a towel as he was helped from the field by the Royals' trainer.