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Aaron Rowand suffers fractured cheek and concussion in beaning

Apr 17, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

Aaron Rowand.jpgAaron Rowand sustained two small fractures in his cheekbone and a mild concussion after being hit in the helmet by Vicente Padilla during the fifth inning of Friday’s game against the Dodgers.

Padilla’s history as a headhunter is well-documented, of course, but he denied that he threw at Rowand intentionally, via Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.

“I threw inside and the pitch ran in on him. He
was right on the plate…”

“With that kind of lead, there was no reason for
me to start a conflict.

For what it’s worth, Giants manager Bruce Bochy doesn’t believe Padilla was in a situation where he would hit a batter intentionally, reports Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.

“In that situation, he’s in a jam,” Bochy said. “You’re always going to
wonder what the intent was. Certainly in that situation, that’s not when
a pitcher is going to hit somebody.”

Bochy said that he was unsure whether Rowand would require a stint on the disabled list, though it’s pretty hard to believe he’ll be able avoid it.

  1. Sam - Apr 17, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    Good thing they have Fred Lewis!

  2. barryforever - Apr 17, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    Velez-Torres-Bowker is a real HOF outfield!

  3. Big Harold - Apr 17, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    I don’t know Padilla well enough to render an opinion as to whether he’d deliberately throw anyone in any situation. But, as a Yankee fan I can say unequivocally Torre doesn’t play that game. During his tenure as Yankee skipper it seemed as if it was open season on Yankee batters, especially by Peedro and the Red Sox.

  4. 60eagles - Apr 18, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    As a registered user my having to type in the two words sucks big time.

  5. Ryan - Apr 18, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Oh BS. Remember the brouhaha about Joba throwing at Kevin Youkilis’ head? That all started in 07 – under Torre’s tenure, so don’t allow your Yank bias to say Torre doesn’t allow his players to head hunt. If theres one team “woe-is-me” sentiment should never work for, it’s the Yankees.

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