Brad Hawpe Released From Hospital After Terrifying Play at Second Base

KyleCorrespondent IApril 29, 2009

PHOENIX - APRIL 22:  Brad Hawpe #11 of the Colorado Rockies at bat during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 22, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Rockies 2-0.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Rockies' outfielder Brad Hawpe is alright.

After a horrifying scare that left the .328-, two-home-run hitter stunned on the ground last night, the Rockies' right fielder was released from the hospital earlier Tuesday.

Hawpe, who was on second base at the time, was beamed with a throw from Padres' catcher Nick Hundley. He was hit right below the helmet and right above the shoulder; the ball seemed to make contact with his neck.

Hawpe laid on the ground for what seemed like hours until the Rockies' medical staff carted him off the field in a neck brace. At the time, Hawpe was already moving all of his limbs, and didn't need much assistance walking to the cart, but Colorado fans were still holding their breath.

Apparently it was just a stinger, as Hawpe's CT scans were negative at Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. But even though he'll be in uniform for tonight's game against the Padres, Hawpe is listed as day-to-day and will likely return on Wednesday or Thursday.

Nick Hundley, the Padres' catcher who fired the throw, instantly felt terrible. After he released the ball, he knew it was a little off-line and cringed his teeth when he saw it hit Hawpe.

Brad, who has been the Rockies' MVP thus far in the season, has hit two balls out of the park, driven in 16 runners, and posted .586 slugging percentage. He was officially diagnosed with just a bruise on his neck, though it was originally thought that he might have a concussion.

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