Beaned Cruz escapes scare

Beaned Cruz escapes scare

PHOENIX -- The Rangers got a scare on Monday when outfielder Nelson Cruz was hit in the head with a pitch, but subsequent tests showed no major injuries other than a headache and some swelling.

Cruz was taken to Maryvale Samaritan Hospital for precautionary X-rays and a CAT scan after getting hit in the head by a fastball thrown by Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo in Monday's game with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Cruz was batting with the bases loaded in the sixth when the ball hit him in the helmet near the left ear, and he crumpled backward into the dirt. He stayed down for several minutes while Rangers trainer Jamie Reed and Brewers trainer Roger Caplinger checked him out.

"That's ugly," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "That caught him square."

Cruz was then led off the field but was able to walk off on his own power before being taken to the hospital.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.