ARLINGTON, Texas – All-Star infielder Alex Bregman left the Houston game in Texas on Thursday night after a dirt ball bounced and hit him on the chin.
Manager AJ Hinch said during an interview in the game on the ESPN broadcast that it looked like Bregman's chin was open. Hinch said Bregman wanted to stay in the game, but the team pulled him out for a doctor's review.
Bregman was playing on shortstop, and moved to the middle of the infield in the third inning when he went to the field to a homer hit by Shin-Soo Choo. The ball took a late jump and caught Bregman directly in the lower half of his face, and there seemed to be blood when a coach took care of him.
The Astros later characterized the injury as a laceration of the chin. Hinch said Bregman needed four points.
Bregman is Houston's third principal baseman, but has been playing shortstop with Carlos Correa on the disabled list.
Myles Straw replaced Bregman in the shortstop. The Astros lost 5-0.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.