HOUSTON -- Right fielder Jim Adduci had to leave Thursday's game, a 4-2 loss to the Astros, after hitting his head hard while making a terrific running catch in foul territory.
Adduci, upended by second baseman Rougned Odor while making the catch, was removed as a precautionary measure and is being observed, though the Rangers don't believe he has a concussion.
"I took all the tests, and the doctor came in and looked at me," Adduci said. "We'll take it day by day and see how it goes."
The play occurred in the bottom of the fourth. The Astros had two on and two out when Jake Marisnick hit a high pop into foul territory down the right-field line.
Adduci and Odor both gave chase and arrived at the same time. Adduci called off Odor, who slid to get out of the way. Adduci made the catch right before Odor slid into his legs. Adduci tumbled over Odor, hit the back of his head on the warning track and then slid headfirst into the padded wall in front of the stands.
"It happened so quick," Adduci said. "It was my fault, I called it late. I thanked Odor for sliding. I don't think I would make a good WWE wrestler."
Odor didn't think Adduci was going to get to the ball, because Adduci was playing Marisnick in the gap.
"He made a good play," Odor said.
Adduci was able to get up after a few moments, and he jogged off the field. He was replaced in the fifth by Daniel Robertson.
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