Fuld in good spirits, feels 'lucky' after ball strikes jaw

A's outfielder shows no concussion symptoms

Fuld in good spirits, feels 'lucky' after ball strikes jaw

MESA, Ariz. -- A's outfielder Sam Fuld was in good spirits a day after taking a ball to his left jaw as he was running to first base in a split-squad game against the Rockies, which required a trip to the hospital and a CT scan that proved negative.

"Just don't make me laugh too hard," said Fuld, his jaw noticeably swollen.

Not much else is causing Fuld pain, though, so he's not expected to miss much time. Still, the A's plan to be cautious with the outfielder, who has a history with concussions. He hit in the batting cage Saturday morning but did not engage in any other baseball activity.

"All things considered, I feel really good," said Fuld, who noted he's shown no concussion symptoms so far. "It hit me square, and I definitely felt like it was broken, so I was pretty lucky.

"It really could be a lot worse. My teeth are intact. In a lot of ways, it hit me kind of in a perfect spot. … The concussion stuff is a concern, but as of now I feel great, and obviously we'll pay close attention to that."

• In the same game Fuld was hit, fellow outfielder Billy Burns took a pitch to his left knee. He stayed in the game and wasn't expected to miss any time.

Josh Reddick (right oblique) was scheduled to hit off a tee Saturday, while Alex Hassan (right hamstring) was cleared for all pregame activity. It's not yet known when he'll get back in a game.

• Right-handers Ryan Cook and Dan Otero each pitched two innings in a Minor League game Friday to ramp up their workload.

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.