Dodgers pitcher Matt West has been hit in the face with a pitch before.

Rymer Liriano

Rymer Liriano was hospitalized Sunday after he was hit in the face by a Matt West fastball. (Screengrab courtesy of Deadspin)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers pitcher Matt West doesn’t have to imagine himself in Rymer Liriano‘s shoes. He’s been there before.

Liriano, the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder who was hit in the face by a pitch from West on Sunday, sustained multiple facial fractures and was subsequently hospitalized in Phoenix.

Speaking to the media Monday for the first time since the incident, West said he was hit in the face by a pitch once, in high school or youth baseball.

“When I hit, I got hit in the face quite a few times,” said West, who was drafted as a third baseman out of Bellaire High School in Houston. “It’s terrible. I think I’ve done it one other time pitching. Sometimes the ball gets away there.”

West said he hasn’t reached out to Liriano or the Brewers yet.

I don’t have social media, I don’t do that,” West said. “I have no way of contacting him. As I was walking off the field, I talked to the third base coach and said ‘sorry.’ He said, ‘there’s nothing you can do about it.’ “

West possesses a 95-mph fastball. He’s never hit a batter in a regular season game, but he’s hit 13 in 157 ⅓ minor league innings.

“It happens,” he said, “but you definitely don’t want it to happen.”

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.