Mets' Kevin Pillar to Undergo Plastic Surgery on Nose Injury After Being Hit in Face

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIMay 18, 2021

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 12: Kevin Pillar #11 of the New York Mets slides into third base after hitting a 2-run triple in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Citi Field on May 12, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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New York Mets outfielder Kevin Pillar will undergo plastic surgery on his broken nose after being struck in the face with a 95 mph fastball from Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Jacob Webb in the seventh inning of the Mets' 3-1 road win on Monday.

On Tuesday, Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News reported that Pillar's fractures were contained to his nose and that he will be allowed to resume baseball activities 10-14 days post-surgery.

"My plan is to be back as soon as possible," Pillar said.

Per a team announcement earlier Tuesday, Pillar suffered multiple nasal fractures and was set to see a specialist in Atlanta.

The 32-year-old Pillar is in his first season with the Mets and ninth year in the big leagues.

Pillar spoke with reporters Tuesday for the first time after suffering the injuries, and excerpts from his press conference can be found below.


"I feel real good. I feel lucky, just kind of excited to start this recovery and get back to doing what I like doing"<br><br>- Kevin Pillar pic.twitter.com/inxfX3cN2Z


Kevin Pillar: "My face will heal, but my heart is broken right now because this team is hurting" pic.twitter.com/MxRc7py8Fo


"I'm almost more worried about him than I am myself"<br><br>Kevin Pillar talked with Jacob Webb and told him to stay confident in his game despite last night: pic.twitter.com/8fBsgNwLvZ


Is Kevin Pillar worried about stepping back into the box?<br><br>"I've had over 3,000 at-bats in my career and I've been hit twice in the face. That's such a small percentage, I'll be fine" pic.twitter.com/NWn5odwjPn

Pillar had started 12 of the last 14 games for the Mets in the outfield to replace Brandon Nimmo, who has been on the injured list (left index finger contusion).

Without Pillar, the Mets are significantly short-handed in the outfield, especially with Michael Conforto recently landing on the injured list (hamstring strain).

New York did acquire some veteran outfield depth Tuesday by reaching a deal with the Chicago Cubs for 34-year-old Cameron Maybin, who has been assigned to Triple-A Syracuse.

For now, the Mets are rolling with an outfield of Dominic Smith in left, Johneshwy Fargas in center and Khalil Lee in right for their Tuesday evening game at Atlanta.