Giants first base coach Roberto Kelly was struck in the back of the head by a line drive during batting practice at AT&T Park on Saturday. He went down hard, immediately losing consciousness, and had to be taken to a local hospital on a stretcher.
But it sounds like he’ll make a full recovery.
According to Janie McCauley of the Associated Press, Kelly was sent home after only an hour or two in the hospital. He has a concussion, but he wants to be on the field for Game 1 of the NLCS on Sunday night against the Cardinals and he could get his wish if team doctors clear him beforehand.
Kelly, a former major league outfielder, has been the Giants’ first base coach since November 2007.
The Rays announced on Wednesday that the club purchased the contract of lefty reliever Jonny Venters from Triple-A Durham. The 33-year-old hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 due to a continuous battle with arm injuries. The Rays note that he has undergone two and a half Tommy John surgeries, which is a number that seems to be in dispute.
Venters signed a minor league contract with the Rays in December. With Durham so far this season, he gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and five walks with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Before the injuries, Venters was among the best relievers in 2010-11. In those two seasons, he posted a combined 1.89 ERA with 189 strikeouts and 82 walks in 171 innings.