Oswalt hit near ear by Ramirez liner, X-rays next

March 23, 2011 2:57:21 PM PDT
Philadelphia pitcher Roy Oswalt was hit behind the right ear by Manny Ramirez's line drive Wednesday during a 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay. X-rays were negative and the Phillies said Oswalt may be able to make his next scheduled start.

Oswalt had a neck bruise. The Phillies said he did not lose consciousness and was not dizzy before leaving in the fourth inning.

Oswalt fell to the ground and remained there until a trainer and manager Charlie Manuel reached the mound to check on him. The right-hander was down less than a minute before standing up and walking to the visiting clubhouse on his own.

Evan Longoria homered leading off the fourth against Oswalt. Ramirez, who had a RBI double in the first, was the next batter.