Head, finger OK for Tigers' Castellanos

Rod Beard
The Detroit News
Nick Castellanos gets checked by manager Brad Ausmus and trainer Kevin Rand after he was hit in the face Sunday.

Detroit — A day after having a batted ball ricochet off his hand and into his face, Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos was back in the starting lineup.

The Orioles' Adam Jones hit a sharp grounder to Castellanos in the fifth inning Sunday and it took a wicked hop. Castellanos tried to block the ball and caused it to deflect and hit him near his left eye, sending him to the dirt and eventually to the clubhouse.

Castellanos said trainers looked at him but he didn't undergo any official concussion testing on Sunday. When he arrived at Comerica Park on Monday, he went through a light workout to see whether he would need to be out for any length of time.

"Yesterday I started experiencing little headaches throughout the day and that could show signs of a concussion," he said. "I came in today, I rode the bike and took some swings. There's no dizziness or headaches or anything, so that's a good sign."

Castellanos also had X-rays on his right (throwing) ring finger to ensure there wasn't any damage after the ball glanced off of it. Even after the X-rays were negative, he was concerned Sunday that the finger would give him more problems, but it turned out to be fine.

"The biggest thing for me was I knew my finger was going to be OK because it felt better this morning than it did yesterday," he said. "I didn't know if as soon as I started sweating if I was going to get an immediate headache and that's not good."

Castellanos took grounders before Monday's matchup against the Mariners and all indications were that he would play.

Looking back at the play, Castellanos couldn't remember a more unusual hop from a ball, but some of that could be the dirt at Comerica Park.

"It's the first time I was hit in the face, so it's probably the worst hop I've had," Castellanos said before Monday's game. "I guess our infield during day games is kind of hard."