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Norris fine after brief scare

May 22, 2010, 8:06 PM EDT

Derek Norris, the Nationals' top catching prospect who was hit in the head with a 95 mph fastball last night, is doing fine and is not expected to suffer any significant residual effects from an event that initially scared teammates and the organization.

Norris suffered a "slight concussion," according to Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo. The 21-year-old catcher at Class A Potomac dropped to the ground after getting drilled in the head by Boston Red Sox prospect Zach Hammes in the seventh inning at Salem, Va., and lost consciousness for about 45 seconds. He left the field under his own power, and though he was taken to an area hospital for observation, he was released without needing to spend the night.

Norris was wearing the recently designed S100 batting helmet that is now required in the minor leagues, and Nationals officials believe that helped soften the blow.

The organization's minor-league player of the year in 2009, Norris will be held out of baseball activities for at least a couple of days. Once he's been cleared to resume, team doctors will monitor him closely and not let him return to game action until it's clear he has noRead more ยป

  1. Nats fan in NJ - May 22, 2010 at 10:13 PM

    Scary…

  2. Doc - May 22, 2010 at 11:44 PM

    Concussions, slight or otherwise, are not to be taken lightly. Unfortunately, many players are never the same afterwards. Ryan Church has never been the same player after the two that he experienced. Batting reflexes would be a particular concern. Derek Norris needs all the time that he may require to get back to feeling normal.

  3. greg - May 23, 2010 at 1:46 AM

    another good example is david wright. he's never been quite the same since getting beaned in the head.

  4. natsfan1a - May 23, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    I'm glad that they are taking their time as far as his resumption of baseball activities. You don't want to mess around with head injuries. Thank goodness for new helmets, eh?

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