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BASEBALL / DAILY REPORT : AROUND THE MAJORS : Holman Is Listed in Good Condition

August 10, 1993|Associated Press

Seattle Mariner rookie right-hander Brad Holman was listed in good condition at Arlington (Tex.) Memorial Hospital, one day after being hit in the forehead by a line drive off the bat of the Rangers' Mario Diaz.

A decision will be made today about how long Holman must be hospitalized, an Arlington Memorial administrator said.

Holman, 25, suffered a fractured sinus cavity. He was scheduled to be examined by an ear, nose and throat specialist and undergo a CAT scan and further tests, administrators said.

Players and fans watched in horror as the ball bounced off of Holman's head and landed in the Rangers' dugout. Holman clutched his head with both hands as he dropped to the mound.

He remained on the ground for several minutes while teammates huddled around him and then was carried off the field.

Team officials said Holman was alert and conscious when he arrived at the hospital. Seattle Manager Lou Piniella said blood later came from Holman's nose, but that the pitcher remained alert.

Holman had been recalled from the minors to replace reliever Norm Charlton, whom the club said will have surgery Thursday to repair a torn ligament in his left elbow and sit out the rest of the season.

Frank Jobe will perform the operation in Los Angeles. Charlton, who had already spent time on the disabled list this season, suffered the injury while pitching Saturday night against Texas. He is expected to be fully recovered in six to nine months, Mariners officials said.

Charlton, a 30-year-old left-hander, came to the Mariners from Cincinnati in an off-season trade for Kevin Mitchell. He was 1-3 with a 2.34 ERA and a team-leading 18 saves in 34 appearances.

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New York Met right-hander Bret Saberhagen underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and is expected to be sidelined for about a month.

Saberhagen, who is 7-7 with a 3.29 ERA, suffered the injury while warming up in the bullpen before his scheduled start against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.

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Cincinnati first base coach Jose Cardenal was hospitalized after being struck in the head by a thrown ball during batting practice before a game against the San Francisco Giants.

A CAT Scan proved negative and Cardenal was released. He returned to the team hotel to rest.

Cardenal lay motionless for about five minutes before being lifted onto a stretcher and taken off the field in cart, a doctor at his side. He was conscious and coherent as he left the field, but was transported to San Francisco General Hospital as a precaution, team officials said.

Cincinnati Manager Davey Johnson said he didn't see the accident but was told that Cardenal was hit by a ball that was being thrown back to him during infield practice.

Cardenal didn't see the ball coming and it wasn't immediately known who threw the ball.

"We're really concerned about it because he has a plate in his head from an injury that almost killed him a few years ago," Johnson said.

Cardenal was accidentally hit in the head by a swung bat during a drill three years ago.

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