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Jirschele latest KC coach in BP mishap

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SEATTLE -- Coaching for the Royals seems to be a hazardous occupation.

Coach Mike Jirschele is wearing a small circular wound in the center of his forehead, a souvenir of a batting cage mishap on Tuesday in San Diego.

"I was doing flips and I got too close and [Justin] Maxwell hit a line shot and the screen gave about that much [several inches] and it drilled me right in the forehead," Jirschele said.

Earlier this year, Jirschele had to replace Rusty Kuntz as the first-base coach because Kuntz sustained a broken left arm in batting practice. He was drilled in Cleveland by a line drive off the bat of Salvador Perez.

Kuntz this week shed his heavy arm cast for a lighter model and says he's closer to returning to the coach's box at first base.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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