BASEBALL / DAILY REPORT : AROUND THE MAJORS : Brad Holman Hit in the Forehead

<i> Associated Press</i>

Seattle reliever Brad Holman was hit in the forehead by a line drive that apparently fractured his sinus cavity Sunday night in the Mariners’ 7-1 loss to the Texas Rangers at Arlington, Tex.

Mariner spokesman Pete Vanderwarker said a CAT scan revealed “no serious injury.”

Holman, recalled from the minors earlier in the day, was carried off the field on a stretcher and taken to a hospital. He was hit flush above the bridge of the nose by Mario Diaz’s liner in the seventh inning.

“The one positive is that the doctor who accompanied him to the hospital said he was very alert for taking such a blow,” Mariner Manager Lou Piniella said. “The supposition is that it’s a fractured sinus cavity.”


Holman was conscious when he was taken off, and was to remain at Arlington Memorial Hospital overnight. The 25-year-old right-hander clutched his head as he dropped to the mound. He remained there for several minutes.

The ball caromed off Holman’s head into the first-base dugout and Diaz was credited with a double. Holman is the brother of Mariner pitcher Brian Holman.