Atlanta Braves player Charlie Culberson sustained multiple facial fractures when he was hit by a 91 mile-per-hour pitch as he tried to bunt the ball when up to bat as a pinch hitter during a game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.
The injury came in the 7th inning of the game, which was tied 1-1 at the time. When Culberson was struck, he fell backward and had to be helped to his feet by trainers. He gave a thumbs up as he was helped by the field.
The referee called the pitch a strike, which prompted a tirade from Atlanta manager Brian Snitker that got him ejected from the game.
The Braves went on to score nine runs in the last two innings of the game to clinch the playoffs with a 10-1 victory.
Culberson was cleared to go back to Atlanta for further medical treatment. It wasn’t clear when he would be able to play again.
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