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Bell on hitting Infante: I feel worse

Published Apr. 9, 2014

Rays reliever Heath Bell said it's always a bad feeling to hit a batter, worse when it's a friend like Royals second baseman Omar Infante, who was being tested for a broken jaw and concussion after being hit by a Bell pitch.

"I feel really bad,'' Bell said. "I know he feels bad, but I feel worse.''

Bell said he was trying to throw a sinker that obviously didn't sink, striking Infante on the side of his face to open the seventh. Infante went down immediately and had considerable blood on his face, though was able to walk off the field with the assistance of an athletic trainer.

"You never want to hit anybody, especially a good friend,'' Bell said. "I've played against and with Omar the last 10-15 years. I hope he has a speedy recovery.''

Bell, who worked 2 2/3 innings for his longest outing since 2007, also left a sinker up in the sixth, leading to a three-run double by Alcides Escobar that extended the Royals lead from 1-0 to 4-0.

"I felt pretty good tonight,'' Bell said. "I made two mistakes.''