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Tapia exits early, dealing with dizziness

@harding_at_mlb
September 13, 2020

DENVER -- Rockies leadoff man Raimel Tapia, who has become one of the team’s most productive players this season, was removed from Sunday’s 5-3 loss to the Angels because of dizziness, manager Bud Black said. Tapia, not feeling well to start the day according to Black, hit his head on

DENVER -- Rockies leadoff man Raimel Tapia, who has become one of the team’s most productive players this season, was removed from Sunday’s 5-3 loss to the Angels because of dizziness, manager Bud Black said.

Tapia, not feeling well to start the day according to Black, hit his head on the ground while making a diving catch of a Jared Walsh liner in left-center field in the top of the third. He stayed in long enough to single in the bottom of the third and score on Kevin Pillar’s double. Then he was replaced in left field by David Dahl to open the fifth after Black consulted with the team’s athletic trainers.

“When he dove and caught that sinking liner, he jarred his head and came up a little dizzy,” Black sad. “Coming into the day he was playable, but was a little bit under the weather. He was fine to play and wanted to give it a go, and that [catch] sort of jarred [him] a little bit more. So we took him out.

“He was dizzy. Trainers felt it was best to remove him.”

Tapia's removal came after it was announced that Rockies star third baseman Nolan Arenado would sit out with soreness in his left shoulder A/C joint. The Rockies began the day three games below .500 and outside the cutoff for the eight-team playoff in the National League

After starting the season slowly and enduring a brief benching in August, Tapia has started 29 of the Rockies’ last 30 games. The only time he didn’t was Aug. 26, the day after being hit by a pitch on his right elbow. Since Aug. 11, Tapia has hit .327 with a .400 on-base percentage.

The Rockies began the year with Dahl at leadoff, and experimented with Garrett Hampson at the top of the order before turning the job over to Tapia on Aug. 20.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page.