CINCINNATI (AP) — Daniel Castano was hit in the forehead by a 104 mph driveline from Donovan Solano’s bat in the first inning of the Miami Marlins’ 7-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday.
The 27-year-old southpaw fell to the field on his knees and held a hand to his head as receiver Jacob Stallings, manager Don Mattingly and athletic trainers came to the mound to check on him. Castano didn’t appear to lose consciousness, and the gate to the outfield fence opened as a cart prepared to enter the field.
Castano got up about 90 seconds later and walked off the field under his own power, a towel draped over his neck, after Solano approached, put a hand on his shoulder, and spoke with the pitcher. The Marlins said Castano had mild concussion symptoms and was bruised.
The ball was hit so hard it returned to third baseman Joey Wendle, who caught it for the out.
Castano only faced five batters before being injured. He is 2-7 in 17 starts and five relief appearances in his big league career. He was called up from Triple-A Jacksonville to start.
Prior to the game, the Marlins said 23-year-old right-hander Max Meyer will undergo surgery for Ommy John. Meyer left his second major league start Friday in Pittsburgh after throwing 10 shots.
Miami won part of the four-game series overcoming a 5-4 deficit in the ninth inning. Pinch hitter Jesús Sánchez started the inning with a home run against Hunter Strickland (2-3), who walked Luke Williams and hit Stallings with a pitch.
Wendle hit a brace against Buck Farmer, and Jesús Aguilar followed with a sacrificial fly for his fourth RBI. Aguilar completed a shy triple of the cycle.
Zach Pop (2-0), the sixth of seven Marlins pitchers, threw a perfect eighth.
Tanner Scott overcame two walks with two outs and Tommy Pham’s RBI single for his 14th save in 18 chances, striking out Joey Votto for the final with two outs.
Strickland made a save for the third time in nine occasions.
Cincinnati’s Graham Ashcraft allowed four runs — three earned — and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Tyler Naquin homered for the Reds.
The crowd of 14,506 was Cincinnati’s 24th under 15,000 this season.
Marlins: RHP Jordan Holloway was placed on the 15-day IL with a right elbow impingement.
Marlins: RHP Sandy Alcantara (9-4, 1.81) starts Friday against the New York Mets in a series opener at home. He allowed six hits in seven scoreless innings in his last start against the Mets on July 10.
Reds: LHP Mike Minor (1-7, 6.65) is expected to be on the mound Friday in an opener against visiting Baltimore. He’s 0-4 in five starts since winning at Arizona on June 13.
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