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Jirschele struck in face by ball during BP


ST. PETERSBURG -- Not even the Royals' coaching staff can avoid checking into the training room. Third-base coach Mike Jirschele was wearing a bandage on the right side of his face after being struck by a ball during early batting practice on Wednesday.

"He didn't see it coming. Luckily, it was just a grazing blow but it cut him," manager Ned Yost said.

Jirschele said he had a "strawberry" on the side of his face, but he planned to discard the bandage before taking the field for Wednesday night's game.

"I'm not wearing that thing out there, I don't care if I die of infection," he said.

Jirschele said it's the third time he's been drilled by a ball this season. First-base coach Rusty Kuntz sustained a broken wrist when struck during batting practice on April 21 at Cleveland and missed a couple weeks in the coaching box.

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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