- Associated Press - Sunday, September 26, 2010

CHICAGO (AP) - A CT scan on Cardinals reliever Blake Hawksworth was negative and he was to be released from the hospital a day after being hit in the face by a line drive.

Hawksworth was hospitalized overnight after being hit by a liner off the bat of Cubs’ Sam Fuld in the fifth inning of Saturday’s game.

He received about 20 stitches, but the scan of his head showed no structural damage and he was to be released Sunday.

Hawksworth had come in for starter Chris Carpenter and was facing his second batter when Fuld’s liner knocked him to the ground.

He remained down for several minutes while trainers from both teams tended to him. He stood up with their help and walked off the field under his own power holding a compress to his head.

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