ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Boston Red Sox pitcher Matt Clement was hit in the right side of the head by Carl Crawford's line drive Tuesday night and carried from the field on a stretcher.
Clement remained on the ground and barely moved for about five minutes before he was lifted onto a stretcher and immobilized with a neck brace. Replays showed the force of Crawford's liner knocked the All-Star pitcher completely off his feet.
The ball caromed off the back of Clement's head just behind his ear into short left field for an RBI single. Chad Bradford replaced Clement with Boston leading the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 5-1.