Soriano suffers concussion after taking liner in head

SEATTLE -- Mariners reliever Rafael Soriano sustained a
concussion and was being held overnight in a hospital for
observation after being hit in the head by a line drive from the
Angels' Vladimir Guerrero on Tuesday night.

Soriano was struck behind his right ear, team physician Dr.
Edward Khalfayan said. Soriano was carted off the field and taken
to Harborview Medical Center. Khalfayan said initial reports were
reassuring that the injury was not serious and Soriano would be
held overnight for additional tests and observation.

Soriano underwent an X-ray and CT scan when he arrived at the hospital.

"He did not have anything that indicated he had a fracture,"
Khalfayan said. Neurosurgeons were monitoring Soriano at the

With one out in the eighth inning, Guerrero lined a first-pitch
fastball off the right side of Soriano's head and the ball
deflected almost to the Angels' dugout along the third-base line.
Soriano tried to protect himself but could not get his glove up in time.

Soriano was on the ground for several minutes as the Mariners'
training staff and medics immediately rushed to the mound.

Dr. Khalfayan said Soriano never lost consciousness, and had
full sensation in all of his extremities. Soriano had swelling at
the back of his head and complained of a severe headache but knew
where he was and what had happened.

The Mariners' players on the field surrounded the right-hander
as he was placed on a stretcher and taken off the field on a cart.
Manager Mike Hargrove and pitching coach Rafael Chaves left almost
immediately after the game to go to the hospital. Neither were
available for comment.

"As soon as I turned and saw him on the ground all I could do
was start to pray for him and his family that he will be OK,''
Guerrero said in a statement from the Angels.

Right-hander Sean Green came in to replace Soriano.

The 26-year-old native of the Dominican Republic was making his
53rd appearance, taking over for starter Jarrod Washburn, who
pitched seven innings. Soriano is 1-2 with a 2.11 ERA.