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Firework explodes near infielder's face

Updated: January 2, 2010, 1:07 PM ET
By Enrique Rojas | ESPNdeportes.com

ORLANDO -- Toronto Blue Jays infielder Edwin Encarnacion was released Saturday from a Miami hospital after being treated for minor facial injuries caused by fireworks during the New Year's festivities in his native Dominican Republic.

Encarnacion suffered first- and second-degree burns in the forehead and the right side of his face when a rocket firecracker hit him in the jaw and exploded near his mouth while celebrating with family in his home of La Romana.

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