Atlanta Braves place Jackson Stephens on 7-day IL after line drive hit him in head

Atlanta Braves reliever Jackson Stephens was put on the seven-day injured list with a concussion after being hit in the side of the head by a line ride on Friday night.

Stephens was off the field in the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals but was taken to a hospital for testing.

“He’s conscious and everything, but he has to go to the hospital and do some tests,” said Braves manager Brian Snitker after his team’s 11-4 win. “It’s always scary when you see someone getting hit in the head or face. It’s probably the most disgusting thing you can experience in a game.”

In a similar move, the Braves called on right-hander Jay Jackson.

With an out and runners in second and third place, Brendan Donovan missed a line drive that caught Stephens in the right temple. The ball rebounded into flat right field for an RBI single.

Stephens never went down but was immediately checked by Atlanta’s training staff. After a moment, he left the field under his own power to loud applause from the remaining crowd at Busch Stadium.

The Braves also announced second baseman Orlando Arcia would begin a rehab stint with Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday. Arcia injured his left hamstring while running the bases on August 9.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Atlanta Braves place Jackson Stephens on 7-day IL after line drive hit him in head

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