Charlie Culberson out for the Season After Being Hit in the Face by Pitch

Charlie Culberson
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 14: 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 on September 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

After being hit in the face with a 91 mph fastball on Saturday, Atlanta Braves utility player Charlie Culberson has been ruled out for the remainder of the season. However, Culberson did receive good news on Sunday, when he learned there was no potential vision impairment and none of the fractures were of the displaced type.

“There’s no surgery required, which is really good,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “It’s probably about the best-case scenario, to be honest. All of the fractures are not displaced. It’s things that will heal. He’s just got to be careful for a while with his activity.”

Charlie Culberson out for the Season

The Injury

The injury occurred during the top of the seventh inning of Saturday’s 10-1 win over the Washington Nationals. Culberson was attempting to bunt when an unintentional pitch got away from Fernando Rodney. He immediately fell to the ground, clutching his face as the home plate umpire motioned for the Braves trainers to give him immediate medical attention. After laying on the ground for a few minutes with a towel over his face, Culberson was eventually carted off. He gave a “thumbs up” sign to Rodney and the crowd as he was being carted off.

 

Check-Swing Appeal

Snitker was ejected on the play that injured Culberson after going on a rant against home plate umpire Tim Timmons and first-base umpire Bill Welke. Timmons said that Culberson offered at the pitch and ruled it as a strike.

“I’m not going to get into that, but that’s just…,” Snitker said at his post-game press conference. “I’m sitting there looking at this guy, pool of blood on the ground, like, come on.”

Braves Depth Takes a Hit

With the loss of Culberson coming just days after the Braves lost other utility man Johan Camargo, the Braves bench depth has taken a hit. They will have to rely on other players like Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton, Francisco Cervelli, and Matt Joyce to produce in their absences.

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