Sounds like Blue Jay Edwin Encarnacion suffered a facial injury in a fireworks accident over the New Year’s holiday down in the D.R.
Encarnacion suffered first- and second-degree burns in the forehead and the right side of his face when a rocket firecracker hit him in the jaw and exploded near his mouth while celebrating with family in his home of La Romana.
Every off season, it seems there is one freak accident that affects a major league ballplayer. 1999 Moises Alou, anyone? In Encarnacion’s case it doesn’t seem too serious, though.
Hopefully, it won’t mess with his pretty face. Other than that, it doesn’t sound like it will affect his baseball playing abilities and he won’t require surgery. The 27 year old will be back as new by spring training.