Holliday injured in dugout

Holliday injured in dugout

DENVER -- Rockies left fielder and All-Star candidate Matt Holliday left a 4-2 loss to the Reds after four innings because of what the club called a "head contusion" he suffered in the dugout, which wasn't the safest of places around baseball on Friday.

Beyond what, where and when, the Rockies offered little information on the Holliday incident.

"He really bumped his head in the dugout, hit his head in the dugout, hard enough to where we had to bring him out of the game," manager Clint Hurdle said. Then he added, in an effort to cut off a follow-up question. "That's all I've got."

The team has avoided many injury questions this season, citing federal guidelines about patient information and language about the guidelines that have become part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association. Holliday, the Rockies' leader in batting (.347), home runs (10) and RBIs (43), had left Coors Field before reporters arrived in the clubhouse after the game.

At least Holliday doesn't have to answer the questions that flew in Chicago, when Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano slapped catcher Michael Barrett in the dugout during an 8-5 loss to the Braves. Later, Barrett had to be treated at a local hospital for a cut lip after the two had a confrontation in the clubhouse.

Rockies first baseman Todd Helton said he didn't see Holliday's injury, which apparently was an individual effort. But he good-naturedly compared the result to something you'd find in the fruit bin.

"I saw him right afterwards, and it looked pretty painful," Helton said. "It was on the top of his head. It was a cantaloupe, grapefruit, I don't know."

The Rockies are no strangers to unusual injuries. In 2005, outfielder Dustan Mohr suffered a calf strain emerging from the dugout to celebrate Clint Barmes' Opening Day home run.

Later that season, Barmes suffered a broken collarbone and revealed that he slipped while carrying a bag of deer meat up the stairs at his apartment.

Also, in 2001, pitcher Mike Hampton missed a start because of neck pain, which he blamed on hotel beds and pillows. He carried an orthopedic pillow on the team's next road trip.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.