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Rays Christian Arroyo sustains concussion after being hit by pitch at Durham

The Rays' Christian Arroyo, a former Hernando High standout, belts his first home run for his hometown team on Friday, June 8, 2018, at Tropicana Field. [MONICA HERNDON  |  Times]
The Rays' Christian Arroyo, a former Hernando High standout, belts his first home run for his hometown team on Friday, June 8, 2018, at Tropicana Field. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Published Jul. 30, 2018|Updated Jul. 30, 2018

Rays INF Christian Arroyo sustained a concussion after being hit on the helmet by a pitch Sunday playing for Triple-A Durham.

Arroyo was batting with one out in the ninth and Durham losing 7-3 to Washington's Syracuse team when he was hit by the Trevor Gott fastball.

Arroyo's helmet was knocked off and he crumpled to the ground, face down, and was quickly attended to. He will be monitored via baseball's concussion protocol, though he did travel with the Bulls to Gwinnett, where they played Monday.

Arroyo, the Hernando High product acquired from Giants in the December Evan Longoria trade, hit .264 in 20 games with the Rays, his stint ending in June when he strained an oblique muscle. He has also had calf and hand issues this season. His 2017 season was cut short by a broken left hand as a result of being hit by a pitch.

"Thank God he is okay and just has a concussion,'' his mom, Kim, posted on Facebook. "Thank you for all of the prayers and well wishes. Poor guy is like a walking target.''

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