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First-base coach Clark OK after being hit by ball

VIERA, Fla. -- The Astros had a scary moment prior to Saturday's game when first-base coach Dave Clark was hit in the back of the head by a thrown ball in the outfield and was on the ground for a few minutes before brushing off the incident.

Clark was hitting balls to the outfielders behind a screen in shallow center field when Nate Freiman struck him with an errant throw.

"I didn't see it coming," said Clark, a former Golden Gloves boxer. "The fact of the matter is I was able to get up and continue my work."

Clark wasn't the only member of the team to get struck in batting practice. Catcher Rene Garcia was hit on the top of the head by a ball during batting practice, but he was fine.

"We're going to get it up on the white board so everybody knows where everybody's at," manager Bo Porter joked.

Clark, who wears a helmet while coaching first base, says getting hit by a ball isn't usually something he worries about.

"In the back of your mind you think about a batted ball, but for someone to throw the ball?" he joked. "I'll rag on Nate the rest of the day and the rest of Spring Training."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.
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