Darvish hit in head during batting practice

Darvish hit in head during batting practice

ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish was hit in the head Tuesday by a batted ball during batting practice while he was playing catch in the outfield, but didn't seem too shaken up by it.

Derek Holland was able to initially deflect the ball off of his glove before it hit Darvish, but it wasn't enough to keep the ball -- which came off the bat of Leonys Martin -- from hitting the pitcher on the top of his head.

"I heard it," Holland said. "I was supposed to be protecting him but I just couldn't get to the ball. It was too high. I didn't get high enough. He's fine."

Darvish is scheduled to start Wednesday against the Astros. He will be re-checked Wednesday as a precaution, but is expected to start

Darvish went down to the ground for a few moments, but got back up and resumed playing catch. He and a trainer checked for blood and after they saw that there was none, Darvish finished playing catch. He saw Dr. Keith Meister after he left the field.

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