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  • Orioles pitcher Hess hit in eye playing catch with football

, Baltimore Orioles pitcher David Hess throws to a Kansas City Royals batter in the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

07 of September 2018 23:25:46

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Baltimore Orioles pitcher David Hess might miss a scheduled start after being hit in the eye while playing catch with a football.

Hess was tossing the ball with teammates before Friday night's game against Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field. He was taken to a specialist for an examination of his left eye.

Baltimore manager Buck Showalter didn't rule out Hess missing his start Saturday night against the Rays.

It's a normal sight before batting practice to see pitchers doing running work involving football passes.

Hess is not the only issue for the Baltimore rotation this weekend.

Showalter said righty Alex Cobb is not expected to start Sunday due to lingering blister problems. Josh Rogers would take Cobb's spot.

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