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Alburquerque hit in head by batting practice ball

Posted on: August 12, 2011 6:17 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2011 8:40 pm
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By Matt Snyder

Tigers relief pitcher Al Alburquerque was hit in the head and carted off the field during batting practice Friday evening in Baltimore. According to various reports, he was struck in the head by a fly ball off the bat of Robert Andino during Orioles batting practice as the Tigers' pitchers were playing catch down the left field line. He reportedly writhed in pain on the ground, kicking his legs, as medical personnel and teammates rushed to his aid. He did eventually stand up and get onto a cart before being taken off the field (Detroit Free-Press).

Alburquerque has suffered a concussion and will be forced to spend the night in the hospital for observation (Roch Kubatko via Twitter).

Andino was reportedly so shaken he didn't want to continue taking batting practice.

"I hit it and I saw where it was going and he wasn't looking," Andino said (Orioles Insider). "I tried to yell, but it was too late."

Alburquerque, 25, has been a godsend to the Tigers' bullpen this season. The rookie reliever has a 2.19 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 37 innings of work and has served as a quality setup man for closer Jose Valverde when called upon.

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