PEORIA, Ariz. -- A day after being hit in the face with a foul ball, Padres general manager Kevin Towers was back in his customary seat behind home plate in Peoria for Sunday's game against the Giants. Towers suffered a broken nose, chipped teeth and some minor lacerations when Padres Minor League player Mike Baxter fouled a pitch through the protective netting behind home plate at Maryvale Baseball Park on Saturday. "I think there was a small hole [in the net]," Towers said. "It didn't slow the ball down, whatever was there. It came straight through and hit me direct."
Towers was quickly attended to by Padres trainer Todd Hutcheson and Dr. Harry Albers before leaving Maryvale for Arrowhead Hospital in Glendale for a CAT scan. He never lost consciousness. "All I saw was blood ... I never saw it coming," Towers said Sunday. "Fortunately, my BlackBerry saved me. I was sending a message and my head was turned -- otherwise it would have been right between my eyes. It was my saving grace yesterday." Manager Bud Black -- who was in Yuma with the split-squad team -- didn't see Towers until Sunday morning. "I was expecting worse," Black said. "It looks like he's OK." Towers said Sunday that his neck was a little stiff but he felt fine otherwise. "The feeling was like when I played football," Towers said. "I was dazed for the first 30 seconds, wondering where you're at." As for Baxter, the player responsible for hitting the ball, Towers quipped that it would have been a lot better had he just missed the ball. More cuts: The Padres reassigned three players to their Minor League camp Sunday, leaving them with 36 players in big-league camp, including 32 players who are on the 40-man roster. Infielders Manny Alexander and Royce Huffman and catcher Luke Carlin were sent to San Diego's Minor League camp. All three players will begin the season with Triple-A Portland. None of the three players was expected to make the Padres' 25-man Opening Day roster. Alexander hit .261 with a home run and four RBIs in 23 at-bats. Huffman hit .172 in 29 at-bats while Carlin hit .167 in 12 at-bats. Towers acknowledged Sunday that the next round of cuts will be considerably tougher. "You start getting down to the last week and you get to guys who feel like they have a legitimate chance to make the club," he said. "It's coming down to the last couple spots in our bullpen and our bench players."
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.