Orioles infielder Ryan Flaherty said he always wondered what it would be like to be hit in the head with a pitch. He found out in the sixth inning on Tuesday – and said he's still not sure.
"I've seen people get hit in the head and I've always wondered, 'hmm, what does that feel like?'" Flaherty said a day after he took a fastball from Brian Duensing to the helmet. "But I didn't feel it to be honest with you. It was just a loud noise. That was about it."
Flaherty underwent a battery of SCAT3 tests and said he was cleared of any injury. He said he wasn't even dizzy afterward – something he credits to the sturdier helmets instituted in 2013.
Flaherty walked to first but was immediately taken out of the game.
"They pretty much take that out of your hand right away," Flaherty said. "Buck said right away, 'You are coming out.'"
Flaherty was initially scheduled to play Wednesday, but he was held out of the road trip. He expects to play Thursday.
"I'm sure I'll play tomorrow," he said. "I feel 100 percent. I think I could have even stayed in the game [Tuesday] if it had been a regular game."