Al Aburquerque Released From Hospital; Will Be Driven Home From Baltimore Tomorrow

Tigers pitcher Al Alburquerque, who was hit in the side of the head with a line drive during batting practice yesterday, was released from the hospital today and is resting as comfortably as one possibly can after getting plunked in the head at the team hotel in Baltimore. According to MLIVE's Tigers beat writer Chris Iott, Alburquerque will be driven home tomorrow because he is unable to fly with the diagnosed concussion. 

Anytime you're dealing with internal bleeding inside the head, precautions are reasonably heightened; therefore, Alburquerque has been put on anti-seizure medications (along with pain meds, I imagine) despite the fact the bleeding was only mild and they don't foresee any seizures actually happening.  Iott also mentioned that Tigers' trainer Kevin Rand said that Alburquerque was struck right above his left ear and the Tigers are encouraged that he was released from the hospital today.

Alburquerque was put on the seven-day DL yesterday, a new DL this season for concussed players, but there is no real timetable for his return. As I mentioned in an update last night (which has the video of the injury), Orioles' second baseman Brian Roberts has missed most of this season with concussion-like symptoms after suffering a self-inflicted concussion. Hopefully, Alburquerque's recovery is speedier than Roberts'.

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