Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb was taken off the field on a stretcher after he was hit on the right ear by a liner off the bat of Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer in the fifth inning of Saturday’s game.
Cobb put a hand on his head after being struck. Trainers from both teams and other medical staff immediately ran onto the field.
Cobb could be seen kicking his legs while being examined on the mound. The Rays announced that Cobb remained conscious the whole time and was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Fla., for further examination.
Rays spokesman Rick Vaughn said all tests were normal and that Cobb suffered a mild concussion.
OLIVO GOES AWOL
Miami Marlins catcher Miguel Olivo left the team without permission and was placed on the restricted list, manager Mike Redmond said Saturday.
Olivo, who has played with the Seattle Mariners twice, (2004-05; 2011-12) departed Friday after batting practice and before the team’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. He had seen little playing time recently as the No. 3 catcher for Miami.
“I’ve never been involved in something like that — to have somebody just leave after batting practice,” Redmond said. “I think everyone was kind of in shock. I know it wasn’t an ideal situation for him, not getting to play a lot, but at the same time the team relies on you.”
RED SOX’S NAPOLI ILL
Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli has been sent back to Boston so doctors may examine him after an illness kept him sidelined for several days.
Napoli was pulled in the third inning of Thursday night’s game against Baltimore. He has not played since.
Boston manager John Farrell said Saturday that Napoli is still experiencing “some of the grogginess and the symptoms that he was feeling the other night.”
The Indians signed outfielder Clint Frazier, their first-round pick in this year’s Major League Baseball draft. Frazier agreed to a $3.5 million signing bonus. … The Cubs placed outfielder David DeJesus on the 15-day disabled list after he sprained his right shoulder running into the center-field wall Friday. … The Reds put right-hander Jonathan Broxton on the 15-day disabled list with a sore pitching elbow, expecting to have him back in two weeks.