Mariners RHP Soriano released from hospital

SEATTLE (TICKER) Seattle Mariners righthander Rafael Soriano, who was hit in the head with a line drive, was released from the hospital Wednesday.

Suffering from a concussion, Soriano underwent a CAT scan Wednesday morning that showed “no worsening of his condition.” Afterward, he was examined by neurosurgeon Dr. Rich Ellenbogen and continues to show improvement.

Soriano was given some physical therapy tests designed to check his balance and ability to walk. He was released from Harborview Medical on Wednesday evening, and will be re-examined by Ellenbogen in two weeks.

“CT scans looked good and we are not concerned at this time that he has a brain injury other than a concussion,” Mariners team physician Dr. Edward Khalfayan said. “We expect him to recover from this injury with no long term residual effects.”

In a horrifying incident, Soriano was taken from the field on a stretcher in the eighth inning of Tuesday night’s 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Soriano was pitching to Vladimir Guerrero, who hit a hard liner off the side of the pitcher’s head behind the ear. The ball was hit so hard it nearly caromed to the Angels’ dugout.

Soriano grabbed his head and fell in pain as Guerrero looked on in concern. Soriano did not lose consciousness but was taken to an ambulance via stretcher. The initial diagnosis was a concussion.

A native of the Dominican Republic, the 26-year-old Soriano is 1-2 with two saves and 2.11 ERA in 53 games this season, all in relief.

In five years with the Mariners, Soriano is 4-8 with four saves and a 2.89 ERA in 116 appearances. He has made eight starts, all as a rookie in 2002.

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Updated Wednesday, Aug 30, 2006