Tony Sanchez hit in the face with a pitch

Pittsburgh Pirates catching prospect Tony Sanchez was hit in the face with a pitch in the first inning of today’s game between the Bradenton Marauders and St. Lucie.  This is the second time this month that Sanchez has been hit in the head with a pitch, with the first instance keeping him out of action for about a week.

Sanchez is alert, and according to Dejan Kovacevic the injury is not thought to be serious.  This is the third injury this year for Sanchez, as he also dealt with a shoulder injury in April.

Sanchez was just selected today to appear in the MLB Futures Game during the All-Star festivities, joining teammate Gorkys Hernandez.  Sanchez will represent the United States team, while Hernandez will represent the World team.

UPDATE 11:22 PM: I heard from Sanchez earlier tonight that he broke his jaw in two places and will need surgery.  Bad news for a guy who can’t seem to catch a break this year.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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