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Charlie Culberson leaves game after being hit in face by pitch

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MLB: Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

In a scary scene at Nationals Park, Charlie Culberson was hit in the face on a bunt attempt during a pinch hit appearance in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game against the Washington Nationals. Culberson went straight to the ground and the home plate umpire immediately called for the trainers from the Braves dugout.

Culberson was able to get to his feet and was helped to a cart that carried him from the field. In the aftermath, Braves manager Brian Snitker was ejected after the home plate umpire ruled that Culberson offered at the pitch.

The Braves just suffered a blow to their bench earlier this week with the loss of Johan Camargo with a fractured shin. That loss makes Culberson’s versatility all the more important and his potential loss would be significant. We will pass along more updates when they become available.