Oswalt hit near ear by Ramirez liner, X-rays next
Wednesday, March 23, 2011; 5:01 PM
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Philadelphia pitcher Roy Oswalt was hit behind the right ear by Manny Ramirez's line drive Wednesday during a 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay. X-rays were negative and the Phillies said Oswalt may be able to make his next scheduled start.
Oswalt had a neck bruise. The Phillies said he did not lose consciousness and was not dizzy before leaving in the fourth inning.
Oswalt fell to the ground and remained there until a trainer and manager Charlie Manuel reached the mound to check on him. The right-hander was down less than a minute before standing up and walking to the visiting clubhouse on his own.
Evan Longoria homered leading off the fourth against Oswalt. Ramirez, who had a RBI double in the first, was the next batter.