Manager Bob Geren initially described his infielder as having "a little [Mixed Martial Arts] look to him" and on Thursday dropped another sports movie reference.
"He's got a Rocky Balboa eye," the skipper said. "He's a tough kid."
The bruise didn't keep Rosales off the field, where he hasn't committed an error in 28 games as a second baseman. The 26-year-old is one of just two American League qualifiers at second base without an error.