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.”