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July 24, 2012

Adrian Beltre 'OK' after plunking by Vicente Padilla

Adrian Beltre wanted to stay in the game after taking a Vicente Padilla 92 mph fastball off his helmet, but the Rangers pulled him out. He passed an initial examination and will continue to be evaluated.

Beltre was hit in the head in the eighth inning on an 0-2 pitch, and doesn't believe it was intentional by Padilla.

"I don't think he was trying to hit me," Beltre said. "I don't think in that situation, 1-1 eighth inning, runner at thid. ... It got away from him."

Beltre said the ball hit him on the back side of the helmet.

"I got hit pretty good, but I don't think there are any symptoms of a concussion," he said. "It's a bruise but not as bad as it looked.

"It sounded bad when it hit me, but I should be OK. I was trying to stay in the game. The trainer didn't let me."

It's the first time Beltre has been hit by Padilla, who is known for beaning batters. Padilla pitched for the Rangers from 2006-09, and has hit 108 batters in his 14-year career. However, Padilla had hit only one batter this season going into Tuesday's game.

Michael Young agreed with Beltre that Padilla's plunking was unintentional.

"He's not trying to hit him right there," Young said.

-- Drew Davison


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