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Thursday, May 4, 2006
Wilkerson leaves with concussion after hitting wall

Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers left fielder Brad Wilkerson left Thursday night's game against Baltimore with a mild concussion after catching a flyball and then crashing hard into the wall.

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After the game, Wilkerson said he had a dull headache and a sore right shoulder -- the same one that bothered him last season in Washington.

"I'm kind of worried about it, but I'll wait until (Friday) to see what's going on," Wilkerson said.

Wilkerson also hit his face on the wall that includes metal grates protecting the out-of-town scoreboard. He slammed into it so hard that he knocked a panel out of the scoreboard.

"I haven't hit a wall that hard," Wilkerson said. "The ball got up on me quick. ... I was at full speed."

Wilkerson's catch in the fifth inning started a strange inning-ending double play. Drew Meyer pinch hit for Wilkerson in the bottom of the inning.

Nick Markakis hit the ball that Wilkerson tracked down. While Wilkerson sat dazed on the warning track, Corey Patterson never tagged up from first base.

"For about 5 seconds there, I was `what? what?'," Wilkerson said.

Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo said Patterson wasn't sure if the ball had been caught.

Center fielder Adrian Brown asked for the ball, but Wilkerson got up and threw it to second baseman Mark DeRosa. Patterson was tagged when he stopped a couple of steps shy of second base after wandering between the bases while Wilkerson was down.

Wilkerson was 2-for-2 and scored twice. He is hitting .440 (11-for-25) during a seven-game hitting streak that has raised his average 60 points to .255.