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Webb recovering from being struck by foul ball

ATLANTA -- Marlins reliever Ryan Webb is fine after receiving a scare on Thursday during batting practice at Washington.

In a fluke incident, Webb was struck on the back, in his spine, by a liner off the bat of Nationals veteran Scott Hairston.

Webb was limbering up with the team in foul territory on the third-base side when Hairston -- hitting inside the cage -- severely pulled the ball into foul territory.

Hairston immediately checked on Webb, who was knocked down and dazed because he didn't realize what happened. Hairston and Webb were teammates a few years ago in San Diego, and the two talked after the game.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter Read More: Miami Marlins, Ryan Webb