PITTSBURGH -- Less than 24 hours after being hit in the head, D-backs second baseman Jean Segura and shortstop Nick Ahmed were both back in uniform for Wednesday night's 5-4 loss to the Pirates and doing well.
Ahmed, who was sporting seam marks on his chin from where the Arquimedes Caminero pitch hit him, was in the starting lineup, while Segura was not in the lineup, but had passed concussion protocol. A CT scan taken Tuesday night on Segura at the hospital did not show any issues.
"I don't think it was intentional," Segura said of the pitch in the 12-1 loss. "I know this guy. I was in that division before and I faced him a lot. This morning I got a text from him and he apologized and said it wasn't on purpose. He said to tell Nick it was not on purpose and that it was a split that got away from him. He's one of those guys who throws the ball all over the place. Sometimes as a player we're like, 'Come on, you hit two guys in the head? Come on.' But as a player you understand that and when people apologize like that and you wake up and see his text apologizing, it means he's a good person and he didn't do it on purpose."
While Segura went to a local hospital for tests, Ahmed lobbied to stay in the game, but manager Chip Hale did not want to take a chance. Ahmed did not show any concussion symptoms and was not taken to the hospital.
"Two strikes, I'm just trying to stay in there and have a good at-bat and get on base for the team," Ahmed said. "I think it was a split-finger that got up and away from him and caught me pretty good. You're looking for something kind of down out over the plate and you're trying to battle and you see something coming up at your face, you're just trying to get out of the way as quick as you can."
Neither player expects to have any trepidation about stepping into the batter's box again.
"I've gotten hit so many times in the head, I don't think this is going to be a big problem for me," Segura said.
Said Ahmed, "It's part of the game. I just trust my reflexes that God gave me to get out of the way and hopefully nothing comes up and in again any time soon."
Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.