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Son of Ex-MLB Player Headed Home After Freak Baseball Accident

Doctors initially thought Jason Lockhart only needed some stitches after he was struck in the face by a throw from a catcher. But the injury was much more serious

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    Son of Ex-MLB Player Headed Home After Freak Baseball Accident
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    Pinch hitter Keith Lockhart hits for a double in the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on June 29, 2003.

    The son of a former Major League infielder has headed home from an Atlanta hospital after being hit in the face with a baseball last month.

    Former San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves player Keith Lockhart and his family provided updates following the freak accident that left 15-year-old Jason Lockhart hospitalized for weeks.

    Doctors initially thought Jason Lockhart only needed some stitches after he was struck in the face by a throw from the catcher during a game in South Carolina on June 17, his family said.

    But the injury was much more serious. Two days later, the bleeding would not stop, and he was taken to an Atlanta hospital, where tests discovered a torn artery.

    His sister Sydney shared a video and picture of Jason heading home from the hospital on Facebook Sunday. She writes that her brother still has "a lot of healing and resting to do."

    Keith Lockhart played for 10 seasons in Major League Baseball on teams including the Padres, Braves and Kansas City Royals before retiring in 2003.