Braves Player Charlie Culberson Was Hit in the Face With a 90 Mph Fastball

Wire Service
By Wire Service
September 16, 2019Sportsshare
Braves Player Charlie Culberson Was Hit in the Face With a 90 Mph Fastball
Medical staff takes Charlie Culberson #8 of the Atlanta Braves off the field after getting hit by a ball in the seventh inning during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington on Sept. 14, 2019. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Atlanta Braves outfielder Charlie Culberson was taken to the hospital after being hit in the face by a 90 mph fastball on Saturday night.

Braves Manager Brian Snitker said the 30-year-old was “alert” and “aware” in the hospital.

“I think it was bones around his eye, and the report I got is that when they took him to the hospital, he was aware,” Snitker said after the game. “We just have to wait and see. We just hope and pray for the best.”

In Saturday’s game against the Washington Nationals, Culberson came up to bat as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning with two men on and the game tied 1-1. On the first pitch, Culberson squared up to bunt and Fernando Rodney threw a fastball that nailed Culberson in the right cheek.

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Charlie Culberson #8 of the Atlanta Braves reacts after getting hit by a ball in the seventh inning during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington on Sept. 14, 2019. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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Atlanta Braves Charlie Culberson is taken out of the field after getting hit by a ball during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Washington on Sept. 14, 2019. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo)

He immediately collapsed to the ground, and the umpire waved for help. Trainers eventually helped him to his feet and held a towel to his face to stop the bleeding. He got up and walked to a cart and then gave a thumbs up as the cart drove him off the field.

Oddly, the play was called a strike, as umpires ruled Culberson didn’t pull back his bat. That set off Snitker, who came out to argue and yell at the umpires over the call.

Afterward, the Braves scored four more runs in the seventh inning and won the game 10-1, clinching a postseason berth.

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