ARLINGTON -- Third baseman Adrian Beltre was walking around the clubhouse after the Rangers' 2-1 loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday with no problems after getting hit in the head in the eighth inning by reliever Vicente Padilla. Beltre was taken out of the game by head trainer Jamie Reed after getting hit in the back of the head by a 92 mph fastball. He had a contusion on his head afterward, but an immediate examination by the Rangers' medical staff showed no signs or symptoms of a concussion. "I got hit pretty good," Beltre said. "It's a bruise but not as bad as it looked."More
It looked bad, though, when it first happened as Beltre went down hard after getting hit. "It sounded bad, too," Beltre said. "I should be OK." Beltre was batting with two outs and the go-ahead run at third in a 1-1 game. The count was 0-2 when Padilla came inside with the pitch. The crowd booed because Padilla has a reputation for pitching inside and hitting opposing batters. He has hit 66 batters since the beginning of 2005, sixth most in the Major Leagues. Four of those years were with the Rangers from 2006-09. "I don't think he was trying to hit me," Beltre said. "The score is 1-1, there is a man on third. I looked at the video, and the catcher was setting up away. He probably tried to throw a little harder, and it got away." Beltre said he doesn't have any history of problems with Padilla. "Not that I remember," Beltre said with a smile. "Then again, I just got hit. Maybe I don't remember."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less