During Saturday night’s game between the visiting San Diego Padres and the Pittsburgh Pirates, Padres’ first baseman Tommy Medica was beaned in the back of the batting helmet by Pirates’ reliever Jared Hughes. The count was even at 1-1, when a fastball got away from Hughes, rose up and popped Medica right in the back of his head as he turned his back on the pitch.
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While Medica didn’t appear to be in pain, staying upright, he was removed by Padres’ manager Bud Black for precautionary reasons and replaced in the first during the bottom of the inning by Yonder Alonso. The beaning was the second time during the game that he had been hit. During his first at-bat in the first inning Saturday night, he was clipped in the foot. The Padres scored their only two runs of the night, en route to a 2-1 victory. Medica finished the night 0-for-2. Eric Stults received the victory in the tight game, and rotation mate Jesse Hahn replaced Medica on the basepaths.
UPDATE: Corey Brock of MLB.com updated Medica’s condition shortly after the game: