Cubs send down Brian Schlitter

Updated: August 3, 2010, 5:59 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

Chicago Cubs right-hander Brian Schlitter was sent down to Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, a day after hitting the Milwaukee Brewers' Carlos Gomez on the helmet with a fastball.

Mitch Atkins was recalled from Iowa to take his spot.

Gomez fell to the ground after being hit, and a trainer tended to him on the field before he walked to the dugout. He did not return and went to the hospital after the game for a CT scan. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported Tuesday that Gomez is not in the lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Cubs.

Gomez was hit by the Cubs' Casey Coleman in the seventh inning and then again by Schlitter in the eighth. The Brewers won 18-1, and the game was out of reach when Schlitter hit Gomez, prompting suspicion about the intent of his pitch.

Atkins has a 6.43 ERA, five strikeouts and six walks in seven innings pitched with the Cubs this season.

Schlitter had a 12.38 ERA in eight innings with the Cubs, allowing 18 hits.

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