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Adrian Beltre gets drilled in helmet, exits game

Jul 24, 2012, 11:04 PM EDT

Adrian Beltre

Update: The early word is that Beltre has only a bruise on the back of his head. No concussion. He said after the game that he didn’t believe Padilla was throwing at him.

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Vicente Padilla is known to be a head-hunter, but this one truly appeared to be an accident.

With two outs in the eighth inning tonight, Padilla drilled Adrian Beltre in the back of the helmet with a 92-mph fastball, sending Beltre to the ground in a heap. Beltre got up after a minute and wanted to stay in the game, but the Rangers made the smart decision to send in a pinch-runner.

Padilla was working in a tie game and had an 0-2 count on Beltre when the fastball appeared to get away from him. Had it been anyone else, there would have been no doubt it was an accident. Padilla doesn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt based on his history, but it still seems unlikely any malice was intended.

  1. hittfamily - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Anybody but Padilla and Cole Hamels.

  2. matt20hew - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Reblogged this on Today's News.

    • wihalofan - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:41 AM

      So what.

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      Good for you. Why do we need to know this? Nobody else cares.

  3. muir6 - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Ask Texeria if it was an accident

  4. cur68 - Jul 25, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    Hope he’s ok. The guy’s one of my favourite ballplayers. Good luck with the noggin, Adrian.

    • paperlions - Jul 25, 2012 at 8:02 AM

      Sadly, he won’t let anyone rub it (his noggin, that is) to make it feel better.

  5. billymc75 - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    You could tell by padillas look it was an accident.

  6. lawrinson20 - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    8th inning, tie game, 2 strikes and a man on third? If Beltre avoids the pitch, it’s wild, and the leading run scores. It was an accident, unless Padilla is the dumbest and/or most malicious guy in sports.

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