Braves Charlie Culberson Suffers Multiple Injuries After Being Hit in the Face by Fastball

Charlie Culberson

Atlanta Braves infielder Charlie Culberson suffered a serious scare on Saturday night when he was hit in the face with a 90 mph fastball.

The Braves said in a statement on Sunday that Culberson suffered “multiple facial fractures,” but had been cleared to travel to Atlanta, and would meet with team doctors to “determine the next steps in his treatment.”

Culberson immediately fell to the ground after he was hit and clutched his face in pain. After being tended to by trainers, he was able to walk to a cart, which wheeled him off the field as he held a bloody towel to his face.

Braves manager Brian Snitker discussed the incident after the game in a press conference on Saturday night, and said that while Charlie Culberson was still getting checked out, he was alert and aware.

“He was good when he went to the hospital. I mean, he was alert and all that kind of stuff and we just don’t know the extent of what’s going on yet. We’re just praying for him and his family and…that’s scary,” Snitker said, later growing emotional as he discussed Culberson’s character. “You got one of your teammates that everybody loves in this room. So we’re just praying for Charlie.”

The Braves went on to win 10-1, clinching a spot in the postseason.