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ST. PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 17: Nick Franklin #2 of the Tampa Bay Rays is checked by trainer Ron Porterfield after being accidently hit by teammate Kevin Kiermaier #39 of the Tampa Bay Rays in the on-deck circle in the first inning against the San Diego Padres on August 17, 2016 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Franklin batted but came out of the game.(Photo by Cliff McBride/Getty Images)
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Nick Franklin left Wednesday’s game after being accidentally hit in the head by Kevin Kiermaier’s bat

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Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier was stretching with his bat in the on-deck circle in the bottom of the first inning of Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Padres at Tropicana Field when he accidentally struck second baseman Nick Franklin on the head. Thankfully, he was wearing a helmet.

Franklin stayed in the game and took his at-bat, drawing a leadoff walk, but he was taken out of the game before the start of the top of the second inning. Luke Maile came in to play first base, Brad Miller moved from first base to shortstop, and Tim Beckham moved from shortstop to second base.

Franklin will be put through Major League Baseball’s concussion protocol and more about his status should be known later tonight or on Thursday.

What’s on Tap: Previewing Wednesday action

SARASOTA, FL - FEBRUARY 28:  Dylan Bundy #37 of the Baltimore Orioles poses during photo day at Ed Smith Stadium on February 28, 2016 in Sarasota, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Dylan Bundy will start for the Orioles on Wednesday night, opposing David Price in a 7:05 PM EDT start at Camden Yards. Bundy is on a roll, putting up a 2.76 ERA with a 36/8 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings over six starts since moving from the bullpen into the starting rotation.

Bundy was the Orioles’ first-round — fourth overall — selection in the 2011 draft. He made his major league debut in 2012, but he didn’t have staying power as he suffered from elbow and shoulder troubles. The right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery in late June of 2013 and wouldn’t return until June 2014. In late July 2015, the Orioles shut Bundy down due to calcification in the back area of his shoulder.

Those injuries gave people pause when projecting him as a future ace, but so too did the Orioles’ history of developing pitchers. In April, O’s closer Zach Britton explained why top pitching prospects such as himself, Jake Arrieta, Chris Tillman, and Brian Matusz failed to develop into aces in Baltimore’s system. The lefty said, “[The Orioles’ took away the individual approach to everything.” A lot of the blame seemed to lie with former pitching coach Rick Adair, who took a personal leave of absence in August 2013. The O’s shortly thereafter hired Dave Wallace and he’s been the pitching coach ever since, seemingly with much better results.

If he continues to pitch the way he has been, Bundy could become the ace the Orioles have been hoping to develop over the last decade.

The rest of Wednesday’s action…

Los Angeles Dodgers (Scott Kazmir) @ Philadelphia Phillies (Jake Thompson), 7:05 PM EDT

Chicago White Sox (Anthony Ranaudo) @ Cleveland Indians (Carlos Carrasco), 7:10 PM EDT

Kansas City Royals (Yordano Ventura) @ Detroit Tigers (Anibal Sanchez), 7:10 PM EDT

Miami Marlins (Andrew Cashner) @ Cincinnati Reds (Homer Bailey), 7:10 PM EDT

Minnesota Twins (Kyle Gibson) @ Atlanta Braves (Mike Foltynewicz), 7:10 PM EDT

Milwaukee Brewers (Jimmy Nelson) @ Chicago Cubs (Jon Lester), 8:05 PM EDT

Oakland Athletics (Sean Manaea) @ Texas Rangers (Yu Darvish), 8:05 PM EDT

New York Mets (Jonathon Niese) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Zack Godley), 9:40 PM EDT

Seattle Mariners (Cody Martin) @ Los Angeles Angels (Tyler Skaggs), 10:05 PM EDT

Report: Astros minor leaguer Danry Vasquez arrested on suspicion of domestic violence

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Astros minor league outfielder Danry Vasquez was arrested on August 4 and placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball on suspicion of domestic violence, Greg Rajan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Security footage showed Vasquez pulling his girlfriend by the arm and striking her twice at Whataburger Field where the Corpus Christi Hooks — the Astros’ Double-A affiliate — play. He then had a “heated confrontation” with an employee of the Hooks who had seen the confrontation.

The Astros released a statement on Tuesday afternoon:

The Astros are aware of the incident involving minor league player Danry Vasquez and are in full cooperation with the Corpus Christi Police Department. Vasquez was immediately placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball pending completion of both their investigation and the criminal investigation. The Houston Astros and all of our affiliates, including the Corpus Christi Hooks, are governed by and strongly support MLB’s domestic violence policy. We take this allegation very seriously, and have taken swift response as we do not condone violence in our organization.

We fully support the Commissioner’s Office and have confidence that MLB’s investigation will provide a resolution in a timely manner. The Astros are disappointed that this allegation is attached to a member of our organization – we have no further comment on this case until the investigations are complete.

Vasquez, 22, hit .265/.322/.374 in 233 plate appearances with Corpus Christi this season.