July 26, 2005

Clement taken to hospital after blow to head

TORONTO (Reuters) - Boston Red Sox pitcher Matt Clement was
hit in the head by a line drive during Tuesday night's game in
St Petersburg against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and was taken
from the field on a stretcher.

Carl Crawford's drive hit Clement off the right side of his
head, knocking the All-Star pitcher off his feet.

He remained on the ground for five minutes while concerned
team mates gathered around him.

He was lifted onto a stretcher and immobilized with a neck
brace but was reported to be alert and conscious by Red Sox
officials before being taken to hospital.

The team said a scan taken of the pitcher was negative and
that he would remain in hospital overnight and re-evaluated in
the morning.

Clement entered Tuesday's game with a 10-3 record and 4.30
ERA in 20 starts. He was named to the AL All-Star team when Roy
Halladay was scratched from the game with a broken leg.

Clement signed a three-year, $25.5 million contract with
the Red Sox in the off-season.