San Francisco Giants center fielder Aaron Rowand was put on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday, two days after a fastball to his head from the Dodgers' Vicente Padilla left him with two small fractures in his left cheekbone and a mild concussion.
"I didn't want to go on the disabled list, but I don't have 'M.D.' behind my name," Rowand said after taking some soft-toss swings in the indoor batting cage.
"Apparently in their thoughts, they felt it wasn't the wise move to try to continue playing with the fractures in my face — simply on the premise of the possibility of getting hit again."
Rowand was hit in the fifth inning of Friday night's 10-8 loss, when the ball struck the left ear flap of his helmet as he turned to get out of the way. He never lost consciousness and was able to leave the field under his own power before he was taken to a hospital for a CT scan.
Infielder Matt Downs was recalled from triple-A Fresno to fill Rowand's roster spot. Andres Torres and Eugenio Velez will alternate in center field in the meantime, depending on matchups.
Mets part ways with Jacobs
The New York Mets designated infielder Mike Jacobs for assignment, recalling right-hander Tobi Stoner to add some bullpen depth one day after playing 20 innings against St. Louis.
Jacobs was only five for 24 with one homer, a double and two RBIs in seven games.