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Derek Norris 'doing well'

After being hospitalized last night following being hit in the head by a pitch, Class A Potomac catcher Derek Norris is "doing well," Nationals director player of development Doug Harris said.

"His vitals are good," Harris said. "All the tests came back clean. He has a slight headache, he's feeling a little all groggy today. All things considered, he's doing very, very well."

After being hit during a game in Salem, Va., Norris lay motionless for nearly 10 minutes. Norris was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. By the time Harris reached out to Norris last night at 11 p.m., Norris was talking and alert.

"He remembered the whole deal," Harris said. "He wanted to go play. That's a great sign."

Norris, of course, will take some time off. The Nationals will err on the side of caution. "We can't put a timeline on it just yet," Harris said. "For the next 48 hours, there's no way he's going on the field. We need to see how he comes through these next couple days."

While the Nationals will be careful in the next few days, Harris does not expect any long-term issues for Norris. Already this year, Norris missed time with soreness in his hand, a complication from offseason surgery. Still, Norris seems to be handling his adversity well.

"Even when I talked to him last night, he didn't vent any frustration to me," Harris said. "He's anxious to go play."

By Adam Kilgore  |  May 22, 2010; 3:52 PM ET
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I'd like to know how much good the new helmets did.

In looking at the batters in Strasburg's starts, they all looked like they were 17, even the "grizzled" career minor leaguers who were in their 30s.

By the way, can I get something like that. I'd like to look 40 + years younger.

Posted by: mikecatcher50 | May 22, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

2 days, 2 catchers (and another pitcher) down, hope it's only temporary and not an omen...after last year's injury parade we need this stuff like, well, a pitch in the head

Posted by: evanescent_panoply | May 23, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

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