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Yankees C Chris Stewart taken to the hospital

June 3, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees catcher Chris Stewart was taken to the hospital Sunday after experiencing symptoms similar to the ones that forced him out of a game due to dehydration the previous night.

Stewart was removed from the starting lineup Sunday night against Boston, and the Yankees sent him to New York-Presbyterian Hospital for further evaluation. He was back in the clubhouse after the game and said everything came back normal after a CT scan and blood work.

About 20 minutes before the scheduled first pitch, the Yankees announced that Stewart would be replaced by Austin Romine behind the plate.

“I feel like I could have played tonight if Austin had gotten hurt,” Stewart said following a 3-0 loss to the Red Sox that was stopped after 5½ innings because of rain.

Stewart left Saturday night’s 11-1 loss to Boston in the fourth inning. The game-time temperature was 86 degrees and New York manager Joe Girardi said Stewart got “lightheaded” but checked out OK.

Stewart was in the original lineup posted at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, but Girardi said he would let the catcher go through batting practice before deciding if he needed to make a change.

Stewart is hitting .262 with three homers and eight RBIs.

“We’re concerned or we wouldn’t have sent him in for tests,” Girardi said. “You can’t play for too long with one catcher.”

The temperature at first pitch Sunday was 81 degrees after a 45-minute delay because heavy thunderstorms had been expected to move through the area.

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