Rangers put Nippert on 15-day DL

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Detroit - The Texas Rangers decided to place reliever Dustin Nippert on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday after he was struck in the head by a line drive during Monday's game versus the Tigers.

Nippert was taken to the hospital after the incident and X-rays showed no fractures or other serious damage. Nonetheless, the team decided to err on the side of caution and give the right-hander some rest.

The 6-foot-8 Nippert had started the sixth inning in relief and was facing just his second batter when Austin Jackson drilled a fastball back toward the mound. Nippert 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, who was pitching for the first time in 10 days, has compiled a 5.36 earned run average and 3-4 record over 28 games this season, two of those starts.

To fill the roster spot, right-hander Doug Mathis was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City. He's appeared in 10 games out of the bullpen for Texas this year and owns a 6.98 ERA and 1-1 mark in 19 1/3 innings.


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