Ohlendorf, Iwamura hospitalized


DENVER — Pirates right-hander Ross Ohlendorf left tonight’s game against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning after being struck on the right side of his head by a line drive.

Ohlendorf was taken to a nearby hospital for X-rays and an MRI exam. His status and test results were not immediately available.

With two outs and a runner on third base, Troy Tulowitzki hit a comebacker to the mound. Ohlendorf was following through on his delivery when the ball hit him near the temple.

It was not a soft swing by Tulowitzki. Fans sitting behind home plate in the third level of Coors Field were able to hear the sharp crack when the ball connected with Ohlendorf’s head.

Ohlendorf dropped to his knees on the mound and watched as the ball caromed into right field for an RBI single.

Ohlendorf was examined briefly on the field, as Tulowitzki squatted on first base and grimaced.

After a couple of minutes, Ohlendorf walked off the field, assisted by Pirates head athletic trainer Brad Henderson.

Ohlendorf is the second Pirates starting pitcher this season to be struck on the head by a batted ball. On April 24 in Houston, righty Chris Jakubauskas was hit by Lance Berkman’s line drive. Jakubauskas, who was struck behind the right ear and sustained a concussion and cuts, is on the 60-day disabled list.

»»» Aki Iwamura collided with the first baseman while running out an infield single in Triple-A Indianapolis’ game tonight against Syracuse. Iwamura stayed on the ground for a minute or so, then slowly walked off the field without assistance. Iwarmura was taken to a hospital for examination.

»»» After Iwamura’s hit, Indy’s next batter, Brandon Moss, hit a grand slam. It was the 17th homer of the year for Moss, who’s collected 53 RBI in his past 53 games. Indy broadcaster Scott McCauley blogged (http://indyindians.mlblogs.com/) that Moss’ power surge began when he went back to the open batting stance he used before being traded to the Pirates in 2008.