Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit in head

Updated: May 19, 2012, 1:29 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

PHILADELPHIA -- Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia left Friday night's 6-4 loss in the fifth inning after a pitch from Red Sox starter Daniel Bard struck Philadelphia batter Ty Wigginton and ricocheted, striking Saltalamacchia in the left side of his head.

Saltalamacchia lay prone for several minutes while being attended to by trainer Rick Jameyson, then got to his feet and left the field under his own power.

He was replaced by Kelly Shoppach.

The club announced in the bottom of the seventh that Saltalamacchia left with a laceration of his left ear.

After the game, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Saltalamacchia was taken to the hospital to check for a concussion.

"I talked to him," Bard said. "He's OK. A little shook up. He's got a cut on his ear."

Meanwhile, outfielder Cody Ross had X-rays taken of a foot injury he suffered late in the game. He had walked, doubled and hit his eighth home run before coming to the plate in the eighth, when he fouled a ball off the top of his left foot.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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