Texas Rangers Coach Johnson Hit In Face By Foul Ball

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Former MLB All-Star Howard Johnson was transported to hospital in Arizona after being hit in the face by a foul line drive on Saturday.

The 57-year-old Johnson, now the hitting instructor for the Rangers' Triple-A team in Round Rock, Texas, was standing in the dugout when he was hit by a line drive off the bat of Indians shortstop Erik Gonzalez.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the ball struck Johnson on his left cheekbone just below his eye. After being tended to for 10 minutes, he was carried off the field on a stretcher.


Rangers manager Jeff Banister told the Star-Telegram he saw the ball strike Johnson.

"I'd actually turned and was looking down that way," Banister said. "All in all, the reports right now are generally positive. Obviously, our prayers are with him."

The Rangers have not released an update on Johnson's condition, but according to multiple reports he was awake and answering questions right after the incident.

Johnson played 14 seasons in the majors, spending nine of those years with the Mets.

The two-time All-Star played on two World Series championship teams, the 1984 Tigers and 1986 Mets. He finished his career with 228 home runs.