LaPorta day to day after suffering mild concussion

Updated: August 19, 2008, 1:07 AM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians say top prospect Matt LaPorta is day to day with the U.S. baseball team in Beijing after he was hit in the head by a pitch in a game against China.

The outfielder was taken to a hospital on Monday for tests that came back negative.

China's top player, catcher Wang Wei, was knocked out of the game with a knee injury following a collision at the plate with LaPorta in the fifth inning. Another hard slide at home by a U.S. player increased tensions in the sixth.

Chinese reliever Chen Kun was ejected when he beaned LaPorta in the seventh. The U.S. team beat China 9-1.

The U.S. Olympic Committee says LaPorta has a mild concussion. The outfielder was traded from Milwaukee to Cleveland last month in the CC Sabathia deal.


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