6/12 Johnson HBP; Minor League report

Reed Johnson, playing for Triple-A Iowa on a rehab assignment, had to leave Saturday’s game in the fifth inning after being hit in the helmet by a pitch. He was taken to a Des Moines hospital to be examined.  Jeff Baker, also on rehab assignment, went 2-for-4 with a double in the seven-inning second game to help Iowa beat Round Rock, 3-2. Bobby Scales drove in the game-winning run with a RBI single in the seventh.

Johnson was hit by a pitch by Neil Ramirez in the fifth inning. He was able to walk off the field under his own power. He was taken to a Des Moines hospital to be examined.

“He got a fastball up and in, and the helmet protected him,” Iowa manager Bill Dancy said. “He was cut a little bit but he was talking when he got up.”

The incident silenced the crowd of 10,009. Baker and Johnson were a combined 3-for-16, with Johnson 0-for-6 and Baker 3-for-10.

“They got good swings and that’s the whole key to coming down here on a rehab assignment,” Dancy said.

Alfonso Soriano, who has been sidelined with a strained left quad, was expected to join the Iowa Cubs on Sunday.

Iowa also finished a suspended game, stopped on Thursday, and lost, 11-2. Thomas Diamond was pitching when the game was stopped and returned to the mound on Saturday when play resumed. He totaled four innings, gave up two runs, four hits and struck out nine.

* Chris Rusin gave up two runs on seven hits over five innings in Tennessee’s 5-2 win over Carolina. The Smokies had eight doubles in the game, two apiece from Steve Clevenger, Matt Spencer and Josh Vitters.

* Daytona scored six runs in the sixth to beat Clearwater, 9-6. Justin Bour hit his 16th homer, a two-run shot, in the sixth. He finished with three RBIs. Juan Serrano threw four innings of scoreless relief for the win.

* Hayden Simpson gave up five rns on seven hits over four innings in Peoria’s 11-6 win over South Bend. Matt Szczur hit his fourth homer, a two-run shot to highlight a seven-run fourth inning. Brandon May, back with the team after being hospitalized with Valley Fever, had three hits and has hit safely in all three games he’s played with the Chiefs, going 5-for-12.

– Carrie Muskat

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