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Keon Broxton leaves Brewers game after taking pitch to face

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The center fielder had to leave after a second inning pitch caught him in the face.

MLB: Spring Training-San Francisco Giants at Milwaukee Brewers Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been less than a week of games at Miller Park, and we’ve already seen our share of scary injuries this season. Another one came today, this time with Keon Broxton. In the second inning, Broxton was up to bat against Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela, when a pitch came up and hit him in the head. Broxton immediately went to the ground and needed help.

Replays showed that the pitch caught him in the helmet extension that covers his left cheek, and the ball deflected and also caught him in the nose. Broxton eventually walked off under his own power, though was bleeding on the Brewers bench. The initial thought is that the ball got him in the nose, but the helmet extension protected him from a more serious injury.

Keon Broxton hasn’t caught much of a break in his career as a Brewer so far. Last season, as he was playing his best baseball, he broke his wrist while catching a ball when he collided with the Cubs’ brick outfield wall. Today, he was hit in the head by a pitch, and that could cost him some time depending on the severity of the injury.

The Brewers haven’t been able to catch a break on the injury front so far this season either. They’ve already lost catcher Andrew Susac to a trapezeus injury and starting pitcher Matt Garza to a groin strain before the season began. Then, on Opening Day, starting pitcher Junior Guerra strained his calf on a bunt and was placed on the DL, and is expected to miss six weeks.

Broxton was replaced by Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the game. We’ll provide an update when we have more news on Broxton. Should Broxton need a DL stint, the most likely call ups would be either outfielder Michael Reed or Ryan Cordell. The Brewers could also just use the spot to activate Nick Franklin when he reports tomorrow.

UPDATE: Broxton escaped a major injury thanks to his helmet. Adam McCalvy had an update following the game:

To come out of that without even needing a DL stint is incredible. We’ll have to wait and see if there are any other lingering effects, but for now, it looks like Broxton dodged a major bullet.