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Catholic graduate Revere out for year after getting hit by pitch

Lexington Catholic graduate Ben Revere was hitting .297 with one homer, 22 RBI and 31 steals before getting hit in the face by a pitch during a Class AA game.
Lexington Catholic graduate Ben Revere was hitting .297 with one homer, 22 RBI and 31 steals before getting hit in the face by a pitch during a Class AA game. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Lexington Catholic graduate Ben Revere, the Minnesota Twins' first-round draft pick in 2007, is done for the year after suffering two orbital fractures near his right eye when he was hit with a pitch Tuesday night.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Revere was leading off in the first inning for the Class AA New Britain Rock Cats against Erie when a pitch got away from left-hander Duane Below.

"They first thought the ball hit the helmet," said Jim Rantz, Twins director of minor leagues. "Once they got out there, they realized where he had been hit."

A CAT scan came back negative, and Revere was allowed to go home Tuesday night. Doctors made sure nothing else was wrong with his eye or neck. Revere did have to see a facial specialist Wednesday.

Revere was hitting .297 with one homer, 22 RBI and 31 steals in 43 attempts.

Revere led LexCath to the state title in 2006, and was Kentucky's Mr. Baseball in 2007.

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