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Thursday, May 19, 2011
Dickerson hit in head, taken to hospital

By Andrew Marchand

In the 15th inning, Baltimore Orioles reliever Mike Gonzalez beaned Chris Dickerson in the helmet, sending the right fielder to the ground for about a minute as manager Joe Girardi and trainers looked him over.

Dickerson's helmet was cracked by the 93-MPH fastball. Gonzalez had just given up Robinson Cano's two-run double. He was thrown out of the game.

At first, Dickerson looked as if he would stay in the game, but instead A.J. Burnett pinch-ran for Dickerson, who was later taken to the hospital for a CT scan.  Girardi thought Dickerson has a concussion, but even with a huge welt on the side of the head believed he would be fine.

"You have to assume he has a concussion," Girardi said.

The Yankees called up Dickerson on Tuesday after Nick Swisher became ill. Dickerson was a defensive replacement for Swisher on Wednesday.