Brewers center fielder Keon Broxton left Thursday's game against the Rockies after he was drilled in the head with an errant pitch.
Broxton was at bat in the second inning when Rockies pitcher Antonio Senzatela served a 93 mph fastball, hitting the outfielder square in the face. Luckily for Broxton, the ball appeared to hit him on the face flap, which likely cushioned the blow.
It was hard to tell if ball struck Broxton’s nose as well as helmet or if the helmet did the damage upon impact.
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He fell to the ground and remained there for a few tense seconds before trainers came over to help him. He was able to get up on his own and walk off the field, even smiling a little.
The Brewers said after the game that Broxton suffered a small nasal fracture but won't need to go on the disabled list, according to MLB.com.
"He avoided something incredibly serious," manager Craig Counsell told reporters.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis took Broxton's place and later homered for the only Brewers run in a 2-1 loss.