In the bottom of the sixth inning of Toronto's 5-1 win at Seattle on Wednesday night, the Blue Jays' flame-throwing right-handed pitcher Brandon Morrow lost control of a 97-mph heater. The offering soared up and in, and directly at the face of Mariners outfielder Casper Wells.
Thankfully, the 26-year-old Wells was able to turn away, albeit just slightly, from the pitch as it buzzed toward him. His quick-twitch reaction turned a flush shot in the face to a glancing blow off his nose. Wells was sent reeling by the impact as everyone else in the ballpark held their breath. The Mariners outfielder was forced to leave the game, but X-rays showed that there was no broken bones.
"Casper, sorry about the pitch that got away tonight. I'm glad it didn't get you too bad. Enjoy Seattle, it's a great city," Morrow wrote.
Wells responded, saying that the ball "just grazed the schnaz a little bit, nothing serious. And Seattle is amazing."
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@upstateballer Casper, sorry about the pitch that got away tonight. I'm glad it didn't get you too bad. Enjoy Seattle, it's a great city