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Rowand suffers fractured cheek, concussion

Rowand suffers fractured cheek, concussion

LOS ANGELES -- Giants center fielder Aaron Rowand sustained a couple of small fractures near his left cheek and a mild concussion when he was beaned in the fifth inning of Friday night's game by a Vicente Padilla pitch.

Films of Rowand's X-rays, which were taken at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, were to be rushed to San Francisco for further evaluation by Giants doctors. Rowand, 32, was not placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Rowand was batting with runners on first and second, one out and two runs in when Padilla's first-pitch, 88-mph fastball veered inside and struck his batting helmet. Rowand immediately fell to his knees and elbows and remained motionless for close to a minute with his head between his hands.

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Rowand managed to walk from the batter's box to the clubhouse, flanked by members of the Giants' athletic training staff, before heading for the hospital.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy doubted that Padilla was throwing at Rowand in retaliation, since San Francisco starter Todd Wellemeyer had pitched high and tight to Matt Kemp three innings earlier.

"You're always going to wonder what the intent was," Bochy said. "In that situation, that's not a time when a pitcher is going to hit somebody."

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