"Thank God he was fine," said Rangers manager Ron Washington. "He's going to need a little down time, but thank God he is fine."
Nippert, pitching for the first time in 10 days, was hit by a line drive off the bat of Tigers leadoff hitter Austin Jackson. The ball ricocheted high over third baseman Michael Young's head and into left field while Nippert, who stands 6-foot-8, went sprawling to the ground."It's definitely scary," said Jackson. "I didn't know where he got hit on his head. I saw that he was moving around and a couple of his players said he's all right, he's moving around, he's talking, he knows where he's at. When he got up and walked off on his own, that was a good sign."
Rangers personnel were already racing to the mound even before Jackson pulled up to second base with a double. Trainer Kevin Harmon examined Nippert, who was able to get up rather quickly and seemed to be trying to convince people to let him stay in the game.That wasn't going to happen, but Nippert was smiling when he left the mound. Darren O'Day took his place.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.