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Line Drive Hits Cardinals Relief Pitcher in the Head

Line Drive Hits Cardinals Relief Pitcher in the Head

(AP) — St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Blake Hawksworth has been hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Cubs center fielder Sam Fuld.

Hawksworth had come in for starter Chris Carpenter in the fifth inning Saturday and was facing his second batter when Fuld's liner hit him in the face and Hawksworth fell to the ground.

Though he initially appeared only shaken up, he remained on the ground for several minutes while trainers from both teams tended to him. He stood up with the help of the trainers and walked off the field under his own power holding a compress to his head.

His condition was not immediately available.

He was given a standing ovation by the crowd. The Cubs were ahead 5-3 at the time.

Editor's note: the see video of the incident click here.

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