Oswalt hit near ear by Ramirez liner, X-rays next

FILE - This 2011 file photo shows Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Oswalt. Oswalt has been hit in the upper body by a line drive off the bat of Manny Ramirez and has left the game. Oswalt appeared to be struck in the back of the right shoulder in the fourth inning Wednesday, March 23, 2011 against Tampa Bay, in Port Charlotte. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
FILE - This 2011 file photo shows Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Oswalt. Oswalt has been hit in the upper body by a line drive off the bat of Manny Ramirez and has left the game. Oswalt appeared to be struck in the back of the right shoulder in the fourth inning Wednesday, March 23, 2011 against Tampa Bay, in Port Charlotte. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) (Eric Gay - AP)
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By FRED GOODALL
The Associated Press
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.


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