Crosby hopes to return soon after collision

Crosby hopes to return soon after collision

CHICAGO -- After exiting Monday's game with concussion-like symptoms, Bobby Crosby appeared optimistic that his collision with outfielder Lastings Milledge will not sideline him for long.

The two collided when, with one out in the bottom of the second, Cubs catcher Geovany Soto skied a popup to shallow right, near the foul line. Milledge and Crosby both gave pursuit and collided as the ball dropped between them. Milledge's right shoulder knocked Crosby squarely in the head, though as Crosby went down, he didn't lose consciousness.

Crosby stayed in the game at the time, but after feeling woozy when he grounded out in the following inning, he was replaced by Delwyn Young for the rest of the night. After the game, Crosby said he was still dealing with headaches. But the Pirates had no plans to have the infielder go to the hospital to be evaluated overnight.

"I feel a lot better now than I did two hours ago," Crosby said.

As for the play, Crosby said that he never did call for the ball. And though members of the Pirates' bullpen heard Milledge calling Crosby off, the infielder never heard him.

"I didn't personally hear him," Crosby said. "Both of us were just trying to catch a ball. It happens."

Crosby is now the second Pittsburgh second baseman in the past four games to exit early after colliding with the team's right fielder. Neil Walker suffered a concussion on Friday after being hit in the back of the neck by Church's knee in about the same spot where Monday's collision occurred. Walker left Friday's game immediately after going down and continues to have symptoms of a concussion. A timetable for his return is unknown.

Walker is scheduled to see a specialist in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, general manager Neal Huntington said Monday. An MRI done on Walker, who left the team on Monday to return to Pittsburgh, came back negative.

"It's the Bermuda Triangle down there," manager John Russell said. "We need to stay away from there, I guess."