Scary news out of the Cactus League today, as Rockies reliever Rafael Betancourt was hit in the face by a comebacker during a game against the Royals.
Betancourt was able to walk off the field under his own power and Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that he suffered a contusion on the right side of his jaw. He’s displaying no concussion symptoms, which is great news.
Betancourt, who turns 40 in April, had Tommy John surgery in August of 2013 and only pitched in the minors last season while rehabbing. He’s hoping to make the Rockies’ bullpen as a non-roster invitee this spring.
UPDATE: Betancourt told Thomas Harding of MLB.com that it’s not a big deal and that he even ate after the game. While he’s not sure how he’ll feel tomorrow, he compared the pain to having a dental procedure done. He managed to get his glove up enough to partially deflect the ball before it hit him, so it sounds like it could have been a lot worse. Good news.