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03/10/12 6:04 PM EST
Morgan hit in head by pitch, exits game
Plunked by Zito pitch in first inning, leaves in second
By Owen Perkins / Special to MLB.com
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan left Saturday's split-squad game with the Giants an inning after being hit in the head by a Barry Zito curveball. Morgan appeared fine after being hit by the pitch in the first inning, remaining on base and taking to the field in the bottom of the first inning. He did not come back to the field in the bottom of the second inning, however, as Jay Gibbons replaced him in right in an eventual 13-3 loss to San Francisco. Morgan returned to Maryvale Baseball Park to be examined by a Brewers doctor.
"He's OK. They checked him out here and he's OK," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, who received an update during the team's other split-squad game, a 6-1 loss to the Cubs. "We'll see on [Sunday]. I don't know if we'll see him tomorrow." Roenicke said Morgan was complaining of a headache. If he's feeling better Sunday, Morgan could start the Brewers-Rockies game. Morgan, 31, is a veteran of five big league seasons with the Pirates, Nationals, and Brewers. He hit .304 in his first season with the Brewers in 2011. He is hitting .143 (2-for-14) in Cactus League play.
Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.