By Junae Bennett
Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano was hit in the face with a line drive not once, but twice Friday night while starting for Caribes de Anzoategui in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Despite being hit in the face Zambrano picked up the ball and threw the first out.
He wasn't taken out of the game until he encountered another liner near his right ear in the fifth inning, then taken to the hospital.
Caribes general manager Sam Moscatel told the Chicago Tribune, "He's a bull. He's OK. We spoke (Friday) night after he had the surgery, and he said he wants to make his next start on Friday."
Moscatel also said Zambrano received 10 stitches at the hospital to close the wound.
Regardless of Zambrano's injury risk, the Cubs gave him permission to play in this winter league.
Zambrano said he has waited 14 years to get a liner off his face. It was his lucky day because he received two.