Royals’ Infante hit in face by pitch from Bell

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost, left, comforts Omar Infante (14) as trainers help him from the field during the seventh inning of the MLB American League baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Monday, April 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

KANSAS CITY, Mo — Omar Infante of the Kansas City Royals was hit in the face by a pitch from Tampa Bay reliever Heath Bell.

Infante immediately left Monday night’s game against the Rays in the seventh inning, walking off under his own power with Royals trainers Nick Kenney and Kyle Turner. Infante, hit in the left cheek, was spitting blood and had blood on his forehead as trainers held a towel to his face.

Overnight tests on Infante revealed he suffered a non-concussive head injury.

Infante suffered a laceration on the lower left side of his face that required six stitches.

He also incurred a sprain of his right jaw due to the impact of the pitch.

Infante will be evaluated over the next 48 hours.

Danny Valencia ran for Infante, who signed a $30.25 million, four-year contract with the Royals in December after hitting .318 last season for Detroit.

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