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Ascanio struck in head by liner, suffers bruise

Ascanio struck in head by liner, suffers bruise

Ascanio struck in head by liner, suffers bruise
PITTSBURGH -- Jose Ascanio has suffered a setback in his rehab stint with Triple-A Indianapolis, though this latest injury is not related to his pitching arm.

Ascanio, who has been sidelined since undergoing right shoulder surgery in October 2009, was struck on the right side of his head by a line drive in Indianapolis' game against Toledo on Thursday night. The right-hander was starting the second game of Indianapolis' doubleheader.

Ascanio walked off the field on his own after the incident and was taken to a local hospital for additional tests. Doctors diagnosed him with a facial contusion.

The Pirates released a statement saying that Ascanio's status is uncertain at the time. The team did not estimate how long Ascanio might be sidelined.

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