Who says baseball isn't a contact sport?
Houston Astros prospect Delino DeShields Jr., who plays center field for the Corpus Christi Hooks Double-A baseball team, got hit in the face by a baseball traveling 90 mph Friday night. Shields, the son of former MLB player Delino DeShields, was hit by a pitch thrown by Phil Klein, a Texas Rangers prospect with the Frisco RoughRiders in a game played in Frisco.
DeShields walked off the field but was taken to the hospital where he posted several photos of his swollen face on Twitter (see below). He was released from the hospital on Saturday.
The 21-year-old player, who was the Astros' first-round pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft and currently the team's seventh-ranked prospect, is expected to be out several weeks with a broken cheekbone.
"He's lucky, considering," Hooks manager Keith Bodie told MLB.com. "It could have been horrific, could have been catastrophic. He never saw the ball out of the pitcher's hand and took a 90-mph fastball right in the face. You can imagine how lucky we are that he's only got a fracture of his cheekbone. His head looks like a beach ball right now."
To anyone that is concerned as you can see I'm doing fantastic! Blessed to see another day! Always smiling 😊 lol pic.twitter.com/C5koD0Z5t9— Delino DeShields (@LinoDeShields) April 19, 2014