ARLINGTON — All-Star infielder Alex Bregman was removed from Thursday’s game in the third inning after a hard grounder off the bat of Shin-Soo Choo struck him on the chin. Bregman appeared briefly dazed by the grounder and had blood on his chin when he was removed from the game.
ARLINGTON — All-Star infielder
Bregman left the game with a chin laceration, the Astros announced.
The grounder, which had an exit velocity of 98.5 mph, skipped off the mound and took another bounce before striking Bregman, who was starting at shortstop in the series opener against the Rangers at Globe Life Park after starting at third base for the American League on Tuesday in the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.
Bregman entered the second half of the season hitting .265 with 23 homers and 56 RBIs before walking and hitting a single in his first two plate appearances Thursday against Rangers right-hander Lance Lynn. Rookie Myles Straw took over for Bregman at shortstop.