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Despite eight stitches in lip, Ibanez pinch-hits

ST. PETERSBURG -- Yankees outfielder Raul Ibanez made it to Tropicana Field in plenty of time for Monday night's series-opening 4-3 loss to the Rays, but he showed up sporting a busted lower lip with eight stitches.

Ibanez, who grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning, sustained the injury while trying to get out of the way of a foul ball in the ninth inning of New York's 4-2 win over the White Sox on Sunday. He was in the Yankees' dugout at the time and hit a steel bench, losing half of an upper tooth that wound up stuck inside his lower lip.

"I should've taken the ball to the face," Ibanez quipped. "Next time, I will."

On Sunday, Ibanez visited an oral surgeon to stitch up his lip, and that's where the tooth -- in three different pieces -- was discovered inside his lip.

Ibanez saw a neurologist on Monday to make sure he didn't have a concussion. He said it hurts to smile, but he feels all right otherwise. Ibanez didn't know exactly how long the stitches will stay in, just that they'll be there for "a while."

ST. PETERSBURG -- Yankees outfielder Raul Ibanez made it to Tropicana Field in plenty of time for Monday night's series-opening 4-3 loss to the Rays, but he showed up sporting a busted lower lip with eight stitches.

Ibanez, who grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning, sustained the injury while trying to get out of the way of a foul ball in the ninth inning of New York's 4-2 win over the White Sox on Sunday. He was in the Yankees' dugout at the time and hit a steel bench, losing half of an upper tooth that wound up stuck inside his lower lip.

"I should've taken the ball to the face," Ibanez quipped. "Next time, I will."

On Sunday, Ibanez visited an oral surgeon to stitch up his lip, and that's where the tooth -- in three different pieces -- was discovered inside his lip.

Ibanez saw a neurologist on Monday to make sure he didn't have a concussion. He said it hurts to smile, but he feels all right otherwise. Ibanez didn't know exactly how long the stitches will stay in, just that they'll be there for "a while."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.