Refsnyder takes grounder to face again, exits

Second straight game Yankees infielder has been struck at third base

Refsnyder takes grounder to face again, exits

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- As birthday presents go, Rob Refsnyder would have preferred if the Blue Jays had come up with something else.

Celebrating his 25th birthday, the novice third baseman was forced to leave a game for the second consecutive day on Saturday, having been struck in the face by a bad-hop grounder in the eighth inning of the Yankees' 4-3 victory over Toronto.

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It was credited as a hit for Roemon Fields, and Refsnyder was escorted off the field by trainer Gene Monahan. Sighted in the clubhouse later, his right cheek was puffy and red. He was scheduled to see a doctor later on Saturday.

"It's what happens," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It gets hot and it gets late and the infields get hard and fast, and you get some bad hops. It's unfortunate."

A converted outfielder, Refsnyder is attempting to learn third base on the fly, competing with Pete Kozma and Ronald Torreyes to serve as the Yankees' 25th man. He exited Friday's game against the Orioles in Sarasota after a similar play.

Refsnyder exits the game

Refsnyder committed a throwing error earlier in Saturday's contest and has made four errors this spring. Girardi said that Saturday's injury had more to do with the field conditions than Refsnyder's inexperience.

"Bad hops. Bad hops," Girardi said.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.