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Marlins Pitcher Hospitalized After Taking 101 MPH Liner Off Head

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Pitcher Dan Jennings #43 of the Miami Marlins is carted off the field in the seventh inning after taking a line drive to the head during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on Aug. 7, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pa. (credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Pitcher Dan Jennings #43 of the Miami Marlins is carted off the field in the seventh inning after taking a line drive to the head during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on Aug. 7, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pa. (credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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PITTSBURGH (CBS Tampa/AP) — Miami Marlins pitcher Dan Jennings was hospitalized after being hit in the head by a line drive Thursday night.

Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Jennings’ eyes were open and he was responding to questions from the medical staff while on the mound.

After the Marlins’ 7-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, the team announced that a CT scan was negative, but Jennings was diagnosed with a concussion and was kept in a hospital overnight for observation.

Jennings was struck by a liner off the bat of Jordy Mercer in the seventh inning. The reliever momentarily stumbled before going to his knees after the play.

Forbes reports that the ball that struck Jennings in the head was going 101 mph.

Jennings stood up to get in the cart. He put a hand up to acknowledge the crowd as he was driven away.

“It’s somebody’s career, it’s somebody’s family, they’re trying to put food on the table for their family as well,” Mercer told MLB.com. “You don’t want anything like that. I had the best seat in the house, basically, and it wasn’t pretty. I’m going to keep him in my prayers.”

Jennings took to Twitter to thank God for not being seriously injured.

“The scans were negative-it seems I’m going to be ok. The support shown tonight has been unbelievable, speechless. God is amazing,” Jennings tweeted.

He added: “God was definitely watching over me tonight.”

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