Young hit in head; may miss games

Young is OK after hit in head

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers shortstop Michael Young left Tuesday's game after getting hit on his batting helmet by a pitch, and the team said he might not play for a couple of days.

Young was batting against White Sox starter Gavin Floyd in the second inning when a breaking ball came up and inside. Young turned his back and the pitch hit him on the left side of the helmet. Floyd had just missed up and in with another breaking ball on the previous pitch.

Young stayed upright after getting hit but came out immediately. He walked to the clubhouse down the right-field line on his own, escorted by trainer Jamie Reed. He was treated in the clubhouse for a cut on his ear, then went to a hospital for stitches, but otherwise seems to be all right.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen called Young from the clubhouse right after he was hit to make sure he was OK. Guillen is a big fan of Young.

It's the second game in a row a Rangers player was hit in the head and had to come out of the game. Nelson Cruz was hit on Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers. He was back with the team on Tuesday but did not play against the White Sox.

Said Rangers manager Ron Washington: "Thank God for batting helmets."

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