August 30, 2006

Soriano remains in intensive care after head blow

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle Mariners pitcher Rafael Soriano
remained in hospital on Wednesday after being hit in the head
by a line drive in a game on Tuesday night.

The American League team said Soriano was in stable
condition and in intensive care after sustaining a concussion
when he was hit behind his right ear from a hit by Vladimir
Guerrero of the Los Angeles Angels.

With one out in the eighth inning of Seattle's 6-4 win
Tuesday, Guerrero struck a pitch from Soriano that hit the
right side of the pitcher's head.

The impact sent the ball to the Angels dugout as Soriano
failed to get his glove up in time to protect himself.

Soriano lay on the field for several minutes before being
taken off the field on a stretcher. He never lost consciousness
and was x-rayed immediately upon arriving at hospital.

The 26-year-old from the Dominican Republic is 1-2 this
season with a 2.11 ERA in 53 appearances.

Team officials said late Wednesday they hoped the pitcher
would be released from the hospital in the next few days.

(Writing by Roger Lajoie in Toronto)