PITTSBURGH -- Cubs manager Rick Renteria admits he was uncomfortable in the batter's box upon his return from a broken jaw suffered in batting practice. He wished both the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton and the Yankees' Chase Headley well after both were hit in the face with pitches.
"For those young men, I'm sure they're strong enough [to come back]," Renteria said before Friday's opener vs. the Pirates. "I wasn't injured hitting. I didn't see the ball that hit me. I think everybody deals with it differently. Some guys come back as if nothing happened. I'm hopeful both of those guys will be the same and recover."
Renteria was injured in a freak accident on the first day of batting practice for the 1990 season when he was struck in the face by a batted ball. He wore a protective flap on his batting helmet for a year.
"I don't know why I stopped using it," he said.
But it took some time to feel at ease in the batter's box.
"Did I flinch a little bit? Yeah, I did," Renteria said. "I think over time, you kind of deal with it and get over it. You keep moving forward."
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.