Reds 1B Sean Casey suffered a concussion and was taken off on a stretcher last night after Pittsburgh's Humberto Cota accidentally struck him under the right eye.

The Reds said during the second game of a doubleheader that Casey's CT scan at a Pittsburgh hospital was normal and Casey was experiencing a headache and neck soreness.

The team said that Casey, 31, was briefly knocked unconscious by the collision, but he was talking to trainers before his head was immobilized on the stretcher.

Cota hit a grounder that was fielded by charging 3B Edwin Encarnacion in the seventh inning. Encarnacion's throw was to the home plate side of first, and Casey took the throw and turned quickly to tag Cota. Cota had raised his left arm to avoid the tag before striking Casey.

* DAY BREAKS THUMB: Rockies starter Zach Day was knocked out of last night's game against Arizona on his second pitch when a line drive broke his right thumb.

The right-hander threw a ball to Diamondbacks leadoff hitter Craig Counsell with his first pitch. Counsell drove the next pitch back to the mound about a foot above Day's knees, and Day instinctively stopped the ball with his bare right hand.

* TIMEOUT: Astros SS Adam Everett will miss the team's three-game series with the Brewers after returning to Georgia for his daughter's surgery.

Everett flew to Kennesaw, Ga., on Thursday night to be with his wife, Jennifer, while their 8-month-old daughter, Peyton, had surgery.

The Astros did not say what kind of surgery was performed, but it was pronounced a success. Everett is expected back Monday.

* SURGERY: Dodgers SS Cesar Izturis had ligament replacement surgery on his troublesome right elbow, and the team hopes he will return by next year's all-star break.

* OBITUARY: Charlie Williams, who in 1993 became the first black umpire to work behind home plate in a World Series game, has died. He was 61.

Williams, of Chicago, died Sept. 10 of complications from diabetes at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

-- From News Services

Sean Casey is taken from the field after colliding with the Pirates' Humberto Cota.