Storey OK after taking shot from comebacker

Storey OK after taking shot from comebacker

HOUSTON -- Astros relief pitcher Mickey Storey was no worse for the wear Thursday, one day after he was struck on the right side of his face by a line drive in the eighth inning. A ball off the bat of Cubs outfielder Dave Sappelt struck Storey in the hand, shoulder and face.

He was helped off the field, but he suffered only a few bruises and should be ready to get back to game action in a few days.

"It could have been a lot worse," he said.

Storey, a rookie, said he got dozens of text messages from friends and family worried about his well-being.

"Everybody said they saw it on TV and were making sure I was all right and were sending their prayers," he said. "I wanted to let everybody know I was OK and it wasn't nearly as bad as it looked."

Storey said it was the first time he had ever been hit in the face and didn't think it would be an issue whenever he gets back on the mound.

"I don't feel like it will be a problem at all," he said. "That's something that goes along with it. I have pitched for a long time and I don't think I ever had a comebacker hit me above the foot. It's one of those things that happens every now and again."