Reason number 1,246 not to use smokeless tobacco. Yesterday, during the Rays-Rangers game, Mike Napoli was leveled by Sean Rodriguez at a play at the plate. The initial concern was that Napoli might have gotten a concussion, but he was examined after the game and his head seems to be fine.
His stomach, though? Eh, probably not so much:
Jamie Reed, the club’s head athletic trainer, came out to check on Napoli along with manager Ron Washington and Reed continued to check on him after each inning. Washington told the umpire he was checking on him. “The next thing is [Napoli] said, ‘Geez, I had a wad of chew, where is it?'” Washington said. “He had swallowed it. Then he said, ‘I’m all right skip, let’s go.'”