ST .PETESBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Nick Franklin was hit in the head on deck by a teammate's bat, but drew a walk and scored in the first inning before leaving the game with a head bruise against the San Diego Padres.
Franklin was preparing to lead off the bottom of the first inning in Wednesday's game against the Padres. While warming up behind Franklin, it appeared Kevin Kiermaier swung a bat over his head and hit Franklin.
Franklin's head and vision were checked by Rays' athletic trainer Ron Porterfield. Franklin scored on Brad Miller's two-run homer, but was taken out after the inning.
The Rays say Franklin's removal was precautionary and his status would be evaluated.