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.
Scary moment: Charlie Culberson just got hit in the face with a pitch after squaring up to bunt. pic.twitter.com/jYRGY0PaU4— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) September 14, 2019
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.
Brian Snitker was understandably furious after umpires called a strike on the pitch that knocked Charlie Culberson out of the game and had to be carted off the field. "Shame on you!" was seemingly one of the few things he said free of profanity. pic.twitter.com/keW4ZXbKwK— Roger Cormier (@yayroger) September 14, 2019
Brian Snitker has been ejected from this game after umpires called a strike on the pitch where Charlie Culberson got hit in the face.— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) September 14, 2019
The @Braves coaching staff is not happy. pic.twitter.com/gQBwKSPpey
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.