ST. LOUIS -- Brewers reliever Manny Parra said he "felt lucky" to have suffered only a black eye and swollen left cheek in a scary moment during Friday's win over the Cardinals.
With two outs in the ninth inning, Parra was struck in the face by an Adron Chambers comebacker. The baseball deflected right to first baseman Corey Hart, who completed the inning-ending out.
"He took a pretty good shot," manager Ron Roenicke said of Parra. "We were just talking about it, and I can't believe the ball ricocheted that far off a cheek to where our first baseman can get an out on it. That's a long ways over there. He had stitch marks on his cheek."
Parra's scare came two days after a much more serious situation involving A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy, who was struck in the head by a line drive and suffered an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture. McCarthy required two hours of surgery but is recovering this weekend in the hospital.