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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Seattle’s Jeff Cirillo was struck by a batted ball during batting practice before the Mariners’ game against Texas on Sunday and was scratched from the lineup.
The injury was not considered to be serious.
Cirillo was standing to the left of the batting cage when he was hit in the head by a ball that ricocheted off the pitchers’ protective screen.
Cirillo was on the ground for several minutes before being helped to his feet. He walked wobbly-legged to the clubhouse, where team medical personnel treated a cut above his left ear.
The Mariners said Cirillo _ who has gone 96 games without an error, two short of the major league record for third basemen _ was scratched as a precautionary measure, but probably would be available to play.
Charles Gibson was moved from left field to third base to replace Cirillo. As part of the lineup shuffle, Ron Wright made his major league debut as the Mariners’ DH.