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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 13: Umpire Junior Valentine reacts after getting hit in the face with the ball on a throw from Edmundo Sosa #63 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the second inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 13, 2021 in New York City.

MLB Umpire Junior Valentine is recovering after he found himself on the wrong end of a wild throw Monday.

The incident occurred during the St. Louis Cardinals’ game against the New York Mets. The Cardinals’ shortstop Edmundo Sosa threw a wild ball to first base — but instead of reaching its destination, the ball nailed Valentine on his right cheek, knocking him to the ground.

The game was stopped while doctors checked out the ailing ump and resumed after about 10 minutes. Valentine, who was sporting a huge mark on the side of his face, opted to stay in the game.

Despite Sosa’s error, the Cardinals ended up beating the Mets 7-0.