Astros’ infielder Bregman leaves game after grounder to face

Houston Astros shortstop Alex Bregman (2) is tended to by second baseman Jose Altuve (27) and a trainer after taking a ground ball by Texas Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo (17) to the face during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 11, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. Bregman left the game because of the injury and was replaced by Myles Shaw. (Jeffrey McWhorter/AP)

ARLINGTON, Texas — All-Star infielder Alex Bregman left Houston’s game at Texas on Thursday night after a groundball bounced up and hit him on the chin.

Manager A.J. Hinch said during an in-game interview on the ESPN broadcast that it looked like Bregman’s chin was split open. Hinch said Bregman wanted to stay in the game, but the team got him out to get checked by a doctor.

Bregman was playing shortstop, and shifted toward the middle of the infield in the third inning when he went to field a grounder hit by Shin-Soo Choo. The ball took a late high hop and caught Bregman squarely on the lower half of his face, and there appeared to be blood when he was tended to by a trainer.

Bregman is Houston’s primary third baseman, but has been playing shortstop with Carlos Correa on the injured list.

Myles Straw replaced Bregman at shortstop.

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