Hit in face by liner, Mariners' Holman could return in 2 weeks

August 10, 1993|By McClatchy News Service

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Brad Holman was going home today -- by land, not by air.

Felled by a line drive to the face on Sunday in Texas, the Seattle Mariners rookie pitcher has a bruised sinus cavity -- not a broken one -- and could rejoin the team within two weeks.

The only bad news yesterday, after a series of tests, was that for the next 10 to 14 days, Holman can't work out and can't fly. So today, when he was released from a hospital in Arlington, Texas, his wife was to pick him up and drive them to their home in Wichita, Kan. There he will spend the majority of his time while on the 15-day disabled list.

"He never lost consciousness," trainer Rick Griffin said. "He was joking in the emergency room with the doctors and nurses, and he's in good spirits today."

Holman, recalled from the minor leagues Sunday, was pitching in his fourth inning when ex-Mariner Mario Diaz of the Rangers hit a line drive up the middle that struck Holman and caromed into the Texas dugout for a ground-rule double.

Fans watched in horror as he grabbed his head and dropped to the mound. Taken off the field on a stretcher, Holman was hospitalized and the Mariners left assistant trainer Tom Newberg in Texas overnight to stay with the pitcher.

"I talked to him, and he's feeling pretty good," manager Lou Piniella said. "He's anxious to get back, and I told him to take his time. He gave all of us one hell of a scare."

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