Atlanta Braves infielder Charlie Culberson suffered quite the scare against the Washington Nationals, as a failed bunt attempt led to an errant Fernando Rodney fastball catching a good chunk of his head and fracturing parts of his face.
According to manager Brian Snitker, however, the injury isn't going to be as debilitating as it looked, as Culberson appeared to be in better shape than anyone anticipated. He will be re-evaluated by team doctors.
In 108 games this season, Culberson is slashing .259/.294/.731 with five home runs and 20 RBI in his second season as a Brave.
While it is confirmed that he fractured his cheekbone, it is still undetermined if he will undergo surgery and miss any significant stretch of time. If he is forced to sit out, it will deprive Atlanta of a veteran presence in the locker room and a versatile player who can line up just about anywhere on the diamond.
Considering how scary that looked on TV, Culberson should consider himself extremely lucky that he managed to avoid serious injury.