Quintero OK after getting stitches to head

Quintero OK after getting stitches to head

HOUSTON -- Astros catcher Humberto Quintero left Sunday's game in the fourth inning after he was hit in the side of the head by Rangers shortstop Andres Blanco's backswing.

Quintero received seven stitches to his head and was sent to the hospital to receive X-rays. Those X-rays were negative. After the game, he was in the clubhouse and in good spirits.

"I feel fine," Quinetero said. General manager Ed Wade said Quintero needed the stitches because the inside of his catching helmet cut his head.

On the play, Blanco swung and missed, and as he extended his bat, it caught Quintero's helmet. Quintero laid on the ground for a few minutes as he was examined by Astros trainers. He later walked off the field under his own power. Kevin Cash replaced Quintero.

Quintero was also hit in the head on a backswing by the Dodgers' Luis Maza on July 1, 2008, and suffered a concussion. He went on the disabled list from July 2-22 that year.