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D-backs first baseman Seth Beer leaves game after taking baseball to face

PEORIA, AZ - OCTOBER 16: Salt River Rafters infielder Seth Beer (8) bats during the Arizona Fall League Baseball game between the Salt River Rafters and the Peoria Javelinas on October 16, 2019 at Peoria Stadium in Peoria, AZ. (Photo by Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Seth Beer left an intrasquad game Wednesday after taking a baseball to the face.

Beer was at first when infielder Ildemaro Vargas hit a chopper that took an odd hop and struck Beer in the face.

A D-backs trainer came out to check on Beer and he left the game.

Following the game, D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said Beer suffered a facial contusion, but did not have a concussion.

Beer had just returned to camp after being away due to a positive coronavirus test.

While Beer is not a member of the 40-man roster, he became a little bit more important on Monday when everyday first baseman Christian Walker was labeled as day-to-day due to a right groin strain. Jake Lamb, Kevin Cron and Pavin Smith are other options at first base, and Smith replaced Beer in the game Wednesday.

Beer is one of the most highly-touted D-backs prospects, ranked No. 12 by MLB Pipeline. He made the D-backs’ 60-man group for the 2020 season.

The first baseman, who was acquired at the trade deadline in the Zack Greinke deal, finished his Arizona Fall League 2019 season with a .315/.375/.452 slash. He recorded 23 hits including five doubles, a home run and 12 RBIs.

In his regular season for the minors last year across High-A in Fayetteville (Astros); Double-A Corpus Christi (Astros) and Jackson (D-backs), Beer hit .289/.388/.516 with 130 hits, 26 home runs and 103 RBIs.

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