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Braves starter Paul Maholm has been a bright spot since being added to the rotation last year. But Maholm’s future wasn’t always so bright after he was struck in the face by a line drive during his rookie season in the minors. Maholm needed multiple surgeries and months of rehab, but he returned and has gone on to a nice MLB career.

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Braves' Maholm only has outside scars from line-drive hit to the face nine years ago

Braves starter Paul Maholm’s career could’ve ended nine years ago this week when he was struck in the face by a line drive and seriously hurt, but he not only returned to the field, he’s become one of Major League Baseball’s most baffling pitchers to figure out.

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