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August 21, 2013

Astros catcher Max Stassi sent to area hospital

ARLINGTON -- Houston Astros catcher Max Stassi was hit in the face with a pitch in the eighth inning on Wednesday night, and sent to an area hospital for further evaluation where he'll stay overnight.

Stassi was struck with a 96 mph fastball from Tanner Scheppers that appeared to hit his shoulder before glancing off his face around the ear piece of his helmet. He exited the game under his own power, but was bleeding from his nose.

"We'll get a full report once they run all the tests," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "We don't have any updates right now, but it definitely was a scary situation. I think it hit his shoulder first and then got him in the face. That actually probably lessened some of the blow, but still it was very frightening."

Stassi is a 22-year-old rookie for the Astros who was called up to the big leagues on Tuesday.

Scheppers, who hit the previous batter with a pitch, called it an unfortunate incident.

"You never want to hurt someone like that," Scheppers said. "It's kind of one of those pitches that just got away."

-- Drew Davison

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