LOS ANGELES -- Giants right-hander Chris Stratton was released on Wednesday from a hospital in the Salem, Ore., area after doctors had held him overnight for observation because of a concussion.
Stratton, the Giants' top draft pick last June, was struck just above his ear by a line drive during batting practice Tuesday prior to Salem-Keizer's game against Vancouver in the short-season Northwest League.
Stratton was transported by ambulance to the hospital, where I'm told that tests ruled out a skull fracture or hemorrhage.
Stratton, the 20th overall selection and Southeastern Conference pitcher of the year out of Mississippi State, was standing near second base when he was struck by a line drive off the bat of Chuckie Jones. The power-hitting outfielder later that night hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning that led the Volcanoes to a 3-0 victory -- Tom Trebelhorn's 1,200th win of his managerial career.
Stratton, who turned 22 on Wednesday, was 0-1 with a 2.76 ERA in eight games (fivestarts) for the Volcanoes, but also had walked 10 in 16 13 innings. He almost certainly won't pitch again this season, but is expected to make a full recovery.