Maier was taken to a hospital for X-rays, which revealed the
fractures below his right eye.
The 26-year-old returned to the Royals' clubhouse after Kansas
City's 8-5 loss, his right eye swollen shut.
With runners on first and second and none out, Jackson threw a
pitch up and in to Maier, who had squared around to bunt and could
not get out of the way in time. The ball glanced off his ear flap
before hitting his right cheek and nose, and Maier crumpled to the
"The pitch just got away," Jackson said. "I was trying to
throw a cutter down and away."
Royals manager Trey Hillman and team trainers quickly came out
to check on Maier. After a few minutes, he walked off the field
holding a towel to his bloody nose.
Maier, who came in hitting .345 (19-for-55) in 18 games since
being recalled from Triple-A Omaha, was replaced by pinch-runner