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CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Indians designated hitter Carlos Santana sustained a contusion on the right side of his head after he was hit by a foul ball in the dugout Thursday night.
Santana was struck by teammate Francisco Lindor's foul in the fifth inning of Cleveland's 14-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels.
Santana was helped to the clubhouse by Cleveland's trainers. Indians manager Terry Francona said he underwent tests before being sent home.
"He's actually doing much better," Francona said. "By the time he left he was really rallying. We'll check him in the morning. If there are any concussion symptoms, you have to err on the side of caution. We'll monitor him."
Santana was standing behind the railing on the top step of the dugout and went down after being hit. Cleveland's trainers checked on Santana as a concerned Lindor knelt outside the batter's box.
"I feel terrible," Lindor said. "Obviously, I'm not trying to do that. It's a moment you don't want. Nobody wants something like that. I feel bad. I couldn't get my mind off it."
Lindor said he checked on Santana's condition throughout the remainder of the game.
"I saw him and talked to him and he seemed like he was doing OK," he said. "I felt relief."
"It's a bad feeling," Francona said. "You could hear it. He wasn't moving a whole lot. The good part of it was that as hard as he got hit and as bad as it looked, for him a half-hour later to start to feel better was really kind of made everybody feel better."
Santana hit a leadoff homer in the first inning.
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