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Dustin Pedroia exits after being hit in face with foul ball

Rob Bradford
September 18, 2017 - 8:36 pm

BALTIMORE -- Dustin Pedroia was back at second base Monday night, and his ailing right knee seemed to hold up just fine. It was a foul ball to the face, however, that would drive him from the game.

In the fourth inning, Pedroia fouled off a Dylan Bundy pitch with the ball ricocheting off home plate and into the righty hitter's face. He immediately went to the ground, seemingly holding what was a bloody nose. The Red Sox would classify the injury as a nasal contusion.

Red Sox manager John Farrell joined a trainer to come out and attend to Pedroia, who would ultimately leave the field while holding a towel to his face. Brock Holt finished off the at-bat for Pedroia before going out to take over at second base.

Holt would deliver with a two-run single in the fifth inning, driving Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy from the game.

"He’s sore," Farrell said after the Red Sox' 10-8, 11-inning win over the Orioles. "He was bleeding pretty good and that got him flush right square in the nose. By the end of the game he was back in the dugout so we’ll see where he’s at when he comes in tomorrow."

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