{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Giants coach Kelly struck by batted ball

Giants coach Kelly struck by batted ball

|
Giants coach Kelly struck by batted ball
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants' workout at AT&T Park on Saturday had a frightening interruption when first-base coach Roberto Kelly was hit in the back of the head by a line drive from Buster Posey, who was taking batting practice.

Kelly was transported to St. Francis Hospital, where he was released Saturday night after being diagnosed with a concussion. The 48-year-old fifth-year coach will meet with doctors again before Sunday's National League Championship Series opener against the Cardinals, and the Giants said Kelly is expected to be on the field as long as he is medically cleared.

"Any time somebody gets hit in the head, you're worried," Posey said, adding that he did not see the ball hit Kelly. "He seemed to be doing all right and he was cognizant, answering questions. Any time there's a head injury, it's scary. You can't take anything for granted with that; you have to be really, really careful."

Kelly, who had been hitting ground balls to outfielders from around second base, fell to the ground and laid motionless face down after a topspin-heavy line drive from Posey cleared the second-base screen that separated Kelly from the batting practice being held at home plate. Athletic trainers helped Kelly turn over to lie on his back for a few minutes before they helped him walk off the field.

"He was just in that right place when the ball hit him," said Gregor Blanco, who had been fielding ground balls from Kelly. "It was crazy. We all just hope he's OK because it's sad and scary."

Saturday's incident came after Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy took a line drive to the side of his head during a game against the Angels on Sept. 5, with McCarthy having to undergo emergency surgery for an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture after initially walking off the field under his own power.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español