Piazza takes knee to head while playing first

Updated: April 11, 2004, 3:26 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza found out there are collisions at first base, too.

Piazza, starting at first for the first time with the Mets, was knocked down by the Montreal Expos' Peter Bergeron in the third inning of Sunday's game.

Bergeron bunted to pitcher Tom Glavine, who threw to the outside of first base. Piazza reached into foul territory in an attempt to grab the ball, which got away, and he just avoided being run over by Bergeron, who continued on to second.

Piazza appeared to be brushed in the head by Bergeron's knee and stayed on the ground for about 30 seconds. But Piazza remained in the game after being checked on by the team's trainer and manager Art Howe.

Mets left fielder Cliff Floyd left the game in the first inning because of a strained right thigh.

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