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Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2009-04-29

Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2009-04-29
Right fielder Brad Hawpe was diagnosed with a neck contusion, the result of getting hit with a thrown ball on the right side of his neck in the sixth inning Monday, but he hopes to return to the lineup Friday.

Hawpe, who was in uniform Tuesday, underwent a CT scan of his head and neck, which came back negative, ruling out a concussion. He lay on field for several minutes and was put in a protective neck brace but got up and walked to a golf cart that took him off the field. Hawpe was taken to a Denver hospital for tests and evaluation but was released about midnight and spent the evening at his home in the Denver area.

Hawpe was injured in the sixth inning of the Rockies' 12-7 victory over the Padres. He attempted to move up to third on a pitched ball in the dirt, then stopped and returned to second. Padres catcher Nick Hundley threw to second in a pickoff attempt.

Second baseman David Eckstein moved toward the ball but never gloved it, and the ball struck Hawpe on the right side of the neck underneath his protective batting helmet.

"My neck is pretty stiff, but it could have been a lot worse," Hawpe said.

Hawpe said he never saw the throw. He felt numbness in his arms, back and down to his waist for "probably 30 seconds ... it was a long time there at second base," Hawpe said. He added that he was dazed and didn't realize where he was hit or what hit him.

Hawpe is hitting .328 (19-for-58) with two home runs and 16 RBIs in 17 games and has a six-game hitting streak. This was his second misfortune on the bases in the past two months. During a spring training game, suffered a lacerated left pinkie that required four stitches and caused him to miss the World Baseball Classic. That injury happened when Hawpe was attempting to return to second base on a pickoff move and had his hand stepped on by an Angels infielder.

After that injury, Hawpe decided he was going to slide feet first, and he did so when he was hit in the neck by Hundley's throw.

"I was thinking about that when I went back (Monday) night, that I'm going back feet first," Hawpe said. "It's kind of crazy."

PADRES 4, ROCKIES 3: Four consecutive one-out singles netted two runs in the seventh and gave the Rockies a 3-2 lead, but Garrett Atkins grounded into a double play to end that rally. The Padres scored a run in the eighth when Chase Headley singled with two outs off Alan Embree, knocking in David Eckstein, who opened the inning with a double. Closer Manuel Corpas gave up a leadoff triple in the ninth to Nick Hundley and a game-winning single with one out to PH Luis Rodriguez.

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Added: April 29, 2009

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