Heisey back in lineup after taking ball off nose

Heisey back in lineup after taking ball off nose

CINCINNATI -- Reds left fielder Chris Heisey didn't have his nose too out of joint, literally, a day after being whacked on the face by a thrown ball.

While stealing second base in the fifth inning of Wednesday's 5-4 victory over the Angels, Heisey was hit on the nose by the throw from catcher Chris Iannetta. He needed a couple of moments to collect himself before staying in the game.

"I was feeling good today," Heisey said on Thursday, as he was back in the starting lineup. "It's a little sore. I took some Advil, and it's good enough."

Heisey learned a lesson from the experience. He'll never turn his head toward the catcher when sliding into second base.

"What was I doing looking back at the ball while I was sliding?" Heisey wondered aloud after the game on Wednesday. "That's one of the dumbest things I've done in a long time."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.