Braves’ Charlie Culberson suffers facial fractures after being hit by pitch

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Atlanta Braves Charlie Culberson is taken out of the field after getting hit by a ball during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Atlanta’s Charlie Culberson sustained multiple facial fractures when he was hit by a 91 mph pitch from Washington’s Fernando Rodney Saturday.

Culberson was released from a hospital Saturday and was scheduled for additional examinations on Sunday in Atlanta.

“The guys that did see him said he looked better than they thought he would this morning,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “He sounded good, for what he’d been through. It’s all very encouraging.”

Culberson was struck on the right side of his face as he squared to bunt Saturday. Culberson had a towel pressed to his face as he was helped to his feet and taken off the field on the back of a cart.

Atlanta Braves Charlie Culberson drops on the ground after getting hit by a ball during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Rodney, who was throwing his first pitch of the game, apologized to the Braves on Sunday.

“I only saw that I hit him in the face, it was a scary moment for me, the player, for them,” Rodney said. “I don’t want to hit nobody, no matter where.”

Washington manager Dave Martinez said he called Snitker on Sunday morning to extend his apologies and express concern for Culberson.

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