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Former Dodger Charlie Culberson Hit in Face By Pitch

Culby’s ok, but it didn’t look pretty.

Atlanta Braves utility player Charlie Culberson was drilled in the face by a 91mph fastball on a bunt attempt in the Nation’s capital.

The former Dodger squared around to bunt but missed the ball completely and took it directly on the right cheek area. The home plate umpire quickly motioned to the Braves dugout as the training staff came rushing onto the field to tend to Culberson.

After staying down for some time — long enough for his manager Brian Snitiker to get ejected from the game for arguing the fact that the HBP was called a strike…

… Culberson eventually was able to get up under his own power and was carted off the field to go for further examination. Thankfully, the infielder gave a thumbs up on his way off the field.

Charlie remains beloved in Los Angeles and Dodgers Nation wishes him the best in his recovery.

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. That HBP by Fernando Rodney was on purpose. He fully intended to hit Culberson knowing the bunt was coming, Culberson in that bunt position was literally defenseless against a HBP, especially a fastball aimed at his face. Rodney should have been tossed from the game instead of Brian Snitker. On that note, MLB umpires have been really bad this year.

    • “MLB umpires have been really bad this year.”

      Agreed, especially since we can now see everything they call that is wrong.
      Balls & strikes should be automated, there simply is no reason to let umpires decide an at bat or a game with calls which we can all see are wrong. How stupid is that?

      And just wait until a big playoff or World Series game is decided by a bad call that everyone can see was the opposite of the umpire’s call. And that will happen, it’s just a matter of when.

      Automate the balls & strikes calls.

  2. Sooner than later, I predict batters will be wearing football-style helmets. The chin/cheek flaps some players are already using is just the start. When more and more pitchers are throwing 100-mph heat, you just hope no one gets killed by a misplaced fastball.

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