Bard OK after ball gets stuck in facemask

Bard OK after ball gets stuck in facemask

OAKLAND -- Mariners catcher Josh Bard survived a scary incident in the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday with A's shortstop Cliff Pennington at the plate.

Pennington got a first-pitch fastball from Mariners right-hander Michael Pineda and fouled it straight back.

The ball slammed into Bard's catcher's mask -- and stuck between the bars.

"I think it was just one of those times when it was a perfect placement and maybe a softer ball than normal," Bard said. "It just stuck. Obviously I'm grateful that I still have my eye and nose. I still have plenty of nose," he joked. "So it's all good."

Bard said he was dazed "a little bit" by the foul ball.

"That's part of the territory," he said.

Bard stayed in the game and, after inspecting his mask, continued using it for the remainder of the game.

"I've never seen it before, that's for sure," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "I've never seen it get stuck.

"I wouldn't have taken the mask back out there, because if it got stuck, it almost got through, but he stuck with it."