Swanson day to day after HBP to helmet

Tests show no concussion after shortstop struck by 85.5-mph slider

September 5th, 2018

ATLANTA -- Dansby Swanson experienced a scare when he was hit in the head by a pitch during the second inning of Tuesday night's 5-1 loss to the Red Sox at SunTrust Park. But the Braves' shortstop was relieved when tests showed no signs of a concussion.
"He passed all the tests, which is good," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "He's sore. It's a head contusion. He's day to day. Long term, he's going to be good. He's not going to be put under any concussion protocol or anything like that. I'm just glad it was a breaking ball and not a fastball."
Swanson will likely rest during Wednesday afternoon's finale against the Red Sox, but he could return to Atlanta's lineup during this weekend's four-game road series against the D-backs.

Swanson fell face first in the batter's box after the portion of his helmet protecting his left ear was struck by Porcello's 85.5-mph slider. He quickly rose and started to make his way toward first base before being stopped by trainer George Poulis and Snitker.
Though Swanson lobbied to remain in the game, he was forced to exit once he said he felt some ringing in his ear. He was replaced by Charlie Culberson, who pinch-ran and then spent the remainder of the game as Atlanta's shortstop.
Per Major League Baseball's rules, Swanson was not permitted to speak to the media after suffering head trauma.
"He had some ringing in his ears and there is protocol now," Snitker said. "They don't mess with it, and I'm glad they don't. You should never take a chance when you get hit in the head. Absolutely the right thing to do was to get him out of there."