MESA, Ariz. (AP) San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto has been taken to the hospital to get checked for a concussion after he was hit in the head by a line drive that did not knock him out of the game.
Cueto was hit in the forehead by a liner off the bat of Oakland outfielder Billy Burns on the first pitch of the bottom of the first inning Monday night. The ball caromed into center field for a double.
The right-hander was examined by team trainers, took a couple of warmups and finished his three-inning stint. Afterward, he went to the hospital for a precautionary examination.
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Cueto gave up three runs, all on Josh Reddick's homer, and five hits. He walked one and struck out two.
A free agent this offseason, Cueto signed with San Francisco for $130 million over six years.