MLB In Full Bloom - Omar Infante Suffers Broken Jaw - 4/8/2014

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Omar Infante of the Kansas City Royals was hit in the face by a pitch from Tampa Bay Rays reliever Heath Bell. Infante immediately left the game against the Rays in the seventh inning, walking off under his own power with Royals trainers. Infante, hit in the left cheek, was spitting blood and had blood on his forehead as trainers held a towel to his face. Bell said he was trying to throw a sinker and the ball just got away from him. It was an extremely scary moment and it raises the question again for MLB to look at improving the safety of the game. It is not yet known how much time Infante will miss, but fantasy owners should not expect to see Infante for at least the next week.

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