Diamondbacks' Didi Gregorius leaves game after being hit in the head

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It was a scary scene in Arizona Friday night as shortstop Didi Gregorius fell to the ground after being hit in the head by a fastball. He's since been placed on the DL.

UPDATE: The D'Backs have placed Didi Gregorius on the special 7-day DL (retroactive to April 27) with a mild concussion, the team has announced.

The shortstop reported that everything checked out on the CT scan taken after Friday's game, but apparently team doctors didn't agree. Gregorius was hit in the head by a pitch from Josh Outman in the seventh inning on Friday.

Outfielder Jason Kubel, who was out with strained left quad, has been activated from the DL to take Gregorius' roster spot.

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ORIGINAL: Arizona Diamondback Didi Gregorius was hit in the head by a 93-mph fastball from the Rockies Josh Outman last night, forcing him from the game, reports Tyler Emerick of MLB.com.

The rookie shortstop led off the seventh inning against Outman, who was starting his second inning of work in relief of Rockies starter Juan Nicasio. On the fifth pitch of the at-bat, a 2-2 fastball got away from the Colorado lefty, hitting Gregorius in the upper part of his helmet. Gregorius was on the ground for several minutes as the Arizona training staff attended to him, but he was able to leave the game under his own power. He was replaced by pinch-runner Cliff Pennington, who remained in the game at shortstop.

Gregorius is day-to-day with a contusion to his right temple at this point, but he will undergo further testing to determine if he has a concussion. According to Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson, the 23-year-old was given a written concussion test after he left the game and he passed it. However, if a CT scan reveals a concussion, he may still be placed on the seven-day DL that was created for such injuries.

The Diamondbacks are 13-10 on the season and currently tied for second in the NL West with the San Francisco Giants. Gregorius has been a revelation at shortstop after taking over the primary shortstop role from Cliff Pennington in after his April 18 call-up. In 30 plate appearances, he has hit .407/.448/.778.

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