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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Updated: August 22, 10:43 AM ET
Max Stassi hit by pitch in face

By Todd Wills
ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Houston Astros catcher Max Stassi was hit in the face by a pitch by Texas Rangers reliever Tanner Scheppers in the top of the eighth inning on Wednesday night.

Max Stassi
This pitch by the Rangers' Tanner Scheppers ricocheted off Astros catcher Max Stassi's shoulder and into his face Wednesday night. Stassi was hospitalized.

Stassi left the game and appeared to be bleeding from his nose. The 96 mph fastball from Scheppers appeared to hit Stassi in the shoulder before glancing off his face. It came with the bases loaded and forced in the game-tying run.

Stassi went to the hospital and will remain there overnight for observation.

"He's at the hospital right now and we will get a full report when they run all the tests, but we do not have any updates right now," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "But it was a scary situation. I think it hit him in the shoulder and then in the face, so that probably lessened some of the blow. It was frightening. They brought him straight in and took him to the hospital."

It was the second consecutive batter Scheppers hit after beaning Houston third baseman Matt Dominguez to load the bases.

"It's one of those pitches that got away," Scheppers said.

The Rangers went on to win 5-4.

Stassi was called up to the majors on Tuesday after Astros backup catcher Carlos Corporan suffered a concussion Monday night against the Rangers on an Alex Rios foul tip that hit him in the forehead.