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Dodgers’ Ishii Receives Concussion

September 9, 2002

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Los Angeles Dodgers rookie left-hander Kazuhisa Ishii left Sunday’s game in an ambulance with a concussion after getting struck flush on the forehead by a line drive off the bat of Houston’s Brian Hunter.

In the fourth inning, Hunter drove a 3-2 pitch so hard off the left side of Ishii’s head that it ricocheted all the way to the backstop behind home plate for an RBI single.

Manager Jim Tracy, assistant trainer Matt Wilson and paramedics rushed to the pitcher’s aid. Ishii, who turns 29 Monday, was placed in a neck brace, then on a stretcher and driven off through the center-field gate.

Dodgers spokesman John Olguin reported that Ishii has feeling and movement in all of his limbs and was fully conscious when he was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital for X-rays and further tests.

It was the second frightening scene in two weeks at Dodger Stadium. On Aug. 26, Alex Cora left in an ambulance with a concussion after colliding headfirst with Arizona shortstop Tony Womack’s knee while trying to steal second base.

Ishii entered the game with a 14-9 record _ the most victories on the Dodgers staff _ and a 4.18 ERA. Kevin Beirne replaced Ishii on the mound after a 14-minute delay.

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