Hawpe hit in neck, taken to hospital
DENVER -- Colorado Rockies outfielder Brad Hawpe was taken to a hospital with a possible concussion after he was hit in the neck by San Diego catcher Nick Hundley's throw to second base in the sixth inning Monday night.
"We know he's doing OK," Rockies outfielder Ryan Spilborghs said after the Rockies' 12-7 victory.
Hawpe stayed on the ground as Rockies trainers rushed out to attend to him. He was rolled over, had a brace put around his neck and helped onto a cart, where he sat upright as he left the field, a medical staffer holding his neck.
The injury occurred when Hundley scooped a ball out of the dirt and fired a throw to second to try and pick off Hawpe, who was sliding back into the bag. The throw sailed to the shortstop side of the base.
"At first, we thought maybe he got spiked in the face, maybe the ball hit him in the face or something," Spilborghs said. "You always think the worst. We heard he got hit in the back of the neck, and that's still scary, but at least there was no structural damage in our mind."
David Eckstein, who was covering second base, winced as Hawpe got hit by the ball.
"I actually thought it hit him in the face," Eckstein said. "It hit him solid, that's why I was scared. I didn't really hear a sound and I know it didn't hit my glove."
The Padres said there was no play put on at the time, the ball was just thrown when Hawpe took an extra step away from second.
"It's unfortunate," Padres manager Bud Black said. "It's one of those unfortunate things when you play sports."
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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