Escalona struck on left cheek by ground ball

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rockies right-handed reliever Edgmer Escalona was hit in the left cheekbone with a one-hop grounder that ticked off his glove during a simulated game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on Tuesday.

Escalona, filling in an inning while right-handed starter Jhoulys Chacin was resting during his simulated game, reached to his right for Tim Wheeler's bouncer and was struck. Escalona lay on the ground for several minutes while the Rockies' training staff and manager Walt Weiss took a long look at him. He eventually left the field under his own power and was checked for head trauma by the team's medical staff.

The Rockies announced that Escalona showed no signs of a concussion.

Out of options and needing to make the Major League roster to avoid being exposed to other clubs via waivers, Escalona, 26, has pitched well early in Spring Training. He has given up one run in five innings covering four Cactus League games.

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