A scary moment in the Minnesota Twins’ game against the Chicago White Sox has left a player in need of oral surgery after being hit by a pitch.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli told reporters that third baseman Kyle Farmer needs surgery after being hit in the face by Lucas Giolito’s fastball that came home at 92 mph.
Baldelli said Farmer needs four teeth realigned, while a «major laceration around his jaw» also needs repair. Initial looks at the injury did not reveal any fractures.
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The coaches were left without the Twins bench when Farmer was hit by Giolito. Farmer spun into the right batter’s box and fell to the ground covering his face.
Giolito was clearly worried and put his hands to his head as he walked to the batter’s box. Obviously there was no intention. The pitch just went wide of the right.
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After the trainers spoke to Farmer and put a towel on his face from the bleeding, he was able to walk off the field on his own. Fans in the stands at Target Field gave Farmer a helping hand.
Still, center fielder Byron Buxton, who also suffered an injury after a collision on the base paths, said the atmosphere on the field was not friendly after Farmer left the game.
«You didn’t hear a pin drop for three innings. It was a little weird in the dugout,» Buxton said. «Everyone was thinking more about him than the game, especially when something horrible like that happens. If you have any kind of heart, you care about that person before you made this game. It was hard to finish.»
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Giolito added: «It’s something I obviously feel very, very bad about. I never want to hit anybody up there.»
Farmer is in his first season with the Twins after playing for the Cincinnati Reds the past four years. In 11 games, he’s hitting .226 (6-for-31) with a double, a home run, five RBIs and six runs.
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The third baseman doesn’t yet have a timeline for a comeback.
Associated Press contributed to this report.