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Yasiel Puig Accidentally Knocks Out Fan's Tooth, Pays Her Back with Autograph

Yasiel Puig accidentally knocked out a fan's tooth on Monday night at Yankee Stadium while trying to throw her a souvenir. He redeemed himself by surprising the girl after the game and gave her an autographed ball.

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    Yasiel Puig Accidentally Knocks Out Fan's Tooth, Pays Her Back with Autograph
    Alyssa Gerharter
    Los Angeles Dodgers fan Alyssa Gerharter was hit in the mouth by a baseball thrown into the stands by outfielder Yasiel Puig. He later met with her after she posted photos showing her tooth had been knocked out.

    Everything has been going great for Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig since he was recalled from the minor leagues on Sept. 2.

    The mercurial star has three home runs and six RBI in eight games since he was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City and has been an exemplary teammate according to manager Dave Roberts.

    However, Puig received a small dose of bad press on Monday when the Dodgers came to Yankee Stadium for a three-game set with the Bronx Bombers.

    According to witnesses, Puig threw a baseball to a group of Dodger fans and accidentally hit 25-year-old, Alyssa Gerharter, in the mouth, knocking out her front tooth. 

    Here's Gerharter on Monday during the game, notice from her big grin that her teeth are all intact:

    Puig hit a home run in the eighth inning of the game but sometime between the solo shot and the ride home, Gerharter lost her front tooth on a ball tossed to her by Puig.

    "I saw it coming at me and I remember thinking, 'I don't have a glove to catch this ball,'" she told the Daily News. "And I think I put my hands up in front of my face. I saw it coming at me and registered it was coming at me, and I felt it hit me. It wasn't so much painful as it was shock. So I felt it hit me and I could immediately feel with my tongue there's a hole. And I looked down at my hand and saw there's a tooth in my hand."

    Gerharter admitted that instead of catching the ball with a glove or her hands, she caught it with her face. Neither her nor her friends received the souvenir as the ball apparently bounced into the hands of other fans.

    She returned to Yankee Stadium the following day on Tuesday, and got an extra special surprise when Puig met with her after the game to give her an autograph baseball.

    Apparently all's well that ends well.

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