Cliff Pennington was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy on Monday, and by the sixth inning, he was having trouble seeing because he couldn’t close his left eye and it kept tearing up. “It feels like I went to the dentist and the whole left side of my face is numb,” he said.
Pennington, who was replaced in the sixth by Eric Sogard, is hopeful that the usually temporary condition, in which a nerve causes facial paralysis, clears up within a day or two. He was put on medication immediately, which is expected to shorten the duration.
“I was trying to play, but I couldn’t see the ball very well,” Pennington said. “I didn’t want to cost the team. As soon as I can blink, I can play.”
Pennington’s career-high hitting streak came to an end at 15 games.
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