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Lannan hit in face with liner, leaves game

Posted on: July 8, 2011 8:38 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2011 8:49 pm
By Matt Snyder

In a very scary scene, Nationals starting pitcher John Lannan was struck in the face by a rocket off the bat of Rockies infielder Ty Wigginton. Lannan attempted to get a glove on the ball but couldn't make the play and ended up getting hit in the nose and cheek bone area (Washington Times).

Lannan reportedly popped up quickly and started to walk off the field under his own power. He was, however, holding his hat over his face as blood gushed from his nose. Trainer Lee Kuntz met him on the field and helped him into the dugout and then moved him toward the clubhouse.

The prelimary diagnosis for Lannan is a nasal contusion (Washington Times via Twitter) -- badly bruised bones in the nose area -- so that has to be good news for now.

Lannan entered the game 5-5 with a 3.50 ERA.

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Posted on: December 22, 2011 12:47 am
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Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:12 am

Lannan hit in face with liner, leaves game

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Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: July 9, 2011 3:45 am

Lannan hit in face with liner, leaves game

I saw it happen and he got blasted, but it looked like his natural reflexes helped to get his glove up in time get just a piece of the ball before it made contact to his face with full force. The ball did hit his face hard, but it looks like he will be ok and the team will be giving him a precautionary CAT Scan to make sure he's alright. A very scary incident though.   

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