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Kyle Kendrick diagnosed with “mild” concussion

Kyle Kendrick, Stephen Fife, A.J. Ellis

Philadelphia Phillies’ Kyle Kendrick, right, looks toward Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Stephen Fife, left, as catcher A.J. Ellis looks on after getting hit in the head with a pitch during the sixth inning of their baseball game, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

AP

Kyle Kendrick was hit on the back of the helmet by a pitch while batting yesterday and the Phillies right-hander has been diagnosed with a “mild” concussion.

Of course, because so-called “mild” concussions are still brain injuries that label tends not to mean a whole lot, as Justin Maxwell of the Astros proved most recently. Kendrick’s next start is in jeopardy and, as with all brain injuries, it won’t be surprising if the Phillies eventually place him on the disabled list.

Kendrick actually stayed in the game after being hit and pitched the next half-inning, but Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that he “left with a headache after that” and “will be re-evaluated Monday in Pittsburgh.”