Rangers' Nippert takes line drive off head

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, Last Updated: 10:04 PM ET

Detroit - Texas Rangers reliever Dustin Nippert was drilled on the side of the head by a line drive off the bat of Austin Jackson during Monday's game versus the Tigers at Comerica Park.

The right-hander tried in vain to shield the right side of his head with his hand, but the ball found a path and caught him flush near the top of the scalp. He remained down on the ground for a short time while team trainers assessed his condition, but ultimately Nippert walked off the mound under his own power.

Nippert had started the sixth inning in relief of starter Scott Feldman in a 5-5 game and was facing only his second batter. Right-handed submariner Darren O'Day took over pitching duties with Jackson on second.


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