Oswalt struck by liner; X-rays negative

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The Phillies say Oswalt has a neck contusion and is going for X-rays at a local hospital. (David M. Warren / Staff Photographer)

UPDATE (3:17 p.m.): A Phillies official says X-rays on Roy Oswalt were negative. Good news for the pitcher.

EARLIER: PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Scary moment in today's Grapefruit League game against Tampa Bay, but early indications are it could have been worse.

Roy Oswalt was hit in the back of the neck by a Manny Ramirez line drive in the fourth inning. Oswalt laid on the ground for a few minutes before hopping up and walking off the field under his own power with assistant athletic trainer Mark Andersen.

The Phillies say Oswalt has a neck contusion and is going for X-rays at a local hospital. More importantly, the team said Oswalt did not lose consciousness and was not feeling dizzy.

Oswalt could have been hit in the face with the ball, but he turned away at the last moment. The ball struck him right behind the right ear on the back of the neck.

Immediately, all eight Phillies players on the field rushed toward the mound. As Oswalt rose, the crowd at Charlotte Sports Park applauded him.

More after the game...


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