Cleveland Indians infielder Carlos Martinez was released from the hospital yesterday after he was hit on the helmet with a pitch during Friday night's game against the Kansas City Royals. The incident touched off a brief bench-clearing shoving match.
Martinez suffered a slight concussion when he was hit by a slider from Royals pitcher Kevin Appier in the eighth inning. He was kept overnight at Lutheran Medical Center for observation.
Martinez, whose 16-game hitting streak ended in that game, is expected to be available today.
* PHILLIES: The National League will permit the club to stay on the road for up to 18 days if the city is one of the host sites for soccer's World Cup in the summer of 1994.