GM Towers struck in face by foul ball

GM Towers struck in face by foul ball

PHOENIX -- Padres general manager Kevin Towers suffered a chipped tooth and a swollen upper lip Saturday when he was struck in the face by a foul ball that slipped through the netting behind home plate at Maryvale Baseball Park.

Padres head athletic trainer Todd Hutcheson and Dr. Harry Albers tended to the GM after Padres batter Mike Baxter's foul tip in the top of the seventh inning of the Padres-Brewers game. Towers remained in his seat in the third row behind home plate throughout the inning while a ballpark official mended the hole in the net.

He later left the stadium, according to a Padres spokesperson, with assistant GM Fred Uhlman Jr. Towers was to be further examined back at the team's spring complex in Peoria.

Baxter was on loan from Minor League camp for Saturday's game. He eventually struck out looking to end the seventh inning of the Padres' eventual 5-2 win.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.