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No facial fractures for Stassi

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Houston Astros rookie catcher Max Stassi, who was hit in the face with a pitch Wednesday night in Arlington, flew to Houston on Thursday to undergo concussion tests.

Stassi spent Wednesday night at the Medical Center of Arlington, where X-Rays and a CAT scan revealed no facial fractures.

"We were relieved because looking at it live it seemed like it might be worse," Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "He was fortunate that there's no fracture. Obviously any time there's a blow to the head you have to be careful."

With the bases loaded in the eighth inning at Rangers Ballpark, Stassi was hit in his nose and mouth after Rangers reliever Tanner Scheppers drilled him with a fastball. Fortunately for Stassi, he turned away from the pitch and took the initial brunt of the blow on his shoulder.

Luhnow said the injury might have been worse if the ball had not hit Stassi's shoulder first.

The Astros, who will wait until Friday to make a roster decision, have a spot available on the 40-man roster if they need to call another player up.
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