Barrett makes clubhouse return
Catcher had extensive face surgery after foul ball incident
SAN DIEGO -- Sitting on a couch in the Padres' clubhouse on Monday, Michael Barrett was warmly received by teammates, many of whom hadn't seen the Padres catcher since he was hit in the face by his own foul ball on July 2.
Barrett, who is 15 days removed from a complicated surgery to repair his orbital bone as well as facial fractures, spoke to teammates and members of the media about his surgery, one that took four hours and left him in a hospital bed for four days and three nights.
Barrett suffered injuries to his face when in a game in Denver against the Rockies as he fouled a ball back off his face. He lay on the ground for several minutes before leaving the field. Barrett stayed that night in a hospital in Denver before returning to San Diego for further examinations.
Barrett started having vision issues once returning to San Diego, experiecinng double-vision, especially in the mornings.
"When I was having the vision problems, I knew it was a little more serious," Barrett said.
On July 13, Barrett underwent a four-hour surgery at Scripps Green Hospital to place permanent titanium plates in his forehead, on the bridge of his nose and around his right eye.
"When the ball hit me, the eyeball was moved back three millimeters," Barrett said. " ... So they had to bring it back and put it in place."
The surgery took four hours and saw the three specialists who performed the surgery essentially peel back Barrett's forehead to install the metal plate as well as repair his orbital bone and facial fractures. He had 32 staples placed in his head.
"This allowed them to do a lot more," Barrett said of the surgery. " ... A lot of people don't do that, they'll go in through slits around the eye. I'm very fortunate to have great doctors. I was covered in every area, which was great."
The original timeline, before the surgery, for Barrett's return was pegged at four-to-six weeks, though it's unlikely Barrett plays again before September.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.