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Astros catcher Quintero hit in head

Posted on: June 20, 2010 4:07 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2010 4:52 pm
The Houston Chronicle has a few details on a scary moment at Minute Maid Park, where Astros catcher Humberto Quintero left the game Sunday after a "severe blow" to the head. Quintero was struck on the follow-through of a swing by the Rangers' Andres Blanco in the fourth inning.

The bat hit Quintero on the helmet and caused a cut. He left under his own power.

Quintero is the Astros' starting catcher, and the only other catcher on the active roster is Kevin Cash. The Astros might need to make a 40-man roster move if Quintero is forced to miss time, because the third catcher on the 40-man is Opening Day catcher J.R. Towles. Towles was optioned to Double-A Corpus Christi after a bad start, and hasn't played since suffering a broken thumb on a headfirst slide May 13.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: The Associated Press reports that Quintero received seven stitches to close a gash on the right side of his head. He went for X-rays, but the team said he did not show signs of a concussion.

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