Friday, April 16, 2010
Updated: April 17, 2:10 PM ET
Rowand beaned, suffers cheek fractures
ESPN.com news services
LOS ANGELES -- San Francisco Giants center fielder Aaron Rowand sustained two small fractures in his left cheekbone and a mild concussion in Friday night's 10-8 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers when he was hit in the helmet and face by a pitch from Vicente Padilla in the fifth inning.
Rowand was struck on the bill of the helmet, one pitch after Padilla was visited on the mound by pitching coach Rick Honeycutt.
Rowand spent a few minutes on his knees behind home plate after manager Bruce Bochy and a team trainer rushed out of the dugout. He walked off the field without help, accompanied by the trainer and Bochy, and received a round of applause by the Dodgers crowd.
He was taken to a hospital for a CT scan, which revealed the extent of his injuries.
"Hopefully, he's all right. I like that dude," Dodgers catcher Russell Martin said. "In that situation, you're trying to get a groundball. So he was trying to throw a sinker down in the zone. Obviously, that's not where it ended up. It just took off leaving his hand. I don't know if it hit him square on the helmet or on the bill, but I know his nose was bleeding."
In the second inning, the Dodgers' Matt Kemp dived to the ground on a high and tight pitch from Todd Wellemeyer, who gave up a home run to Kemp his first time up.
Andre Ethier homered in the first and second innings -- including his first career grand slam -- to fuel the Dodgers' victory.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.