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Beanball could end season for Mets’ Wright

New York Mets third baseman David Wright and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda were released from the hospital Sunday, and Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler was back in the lineup after all three took balls off their heads Saturday.

New York spokesman Jay Horwitz said Wright was examined by a neurologist Saturday night and again Sunday morning before being sent home. The All-Star third baseman still had a headache and was experiencing “post-concussion symptoms,” Horwitz said.

Wright was hit on the helmet by a 94 mph fastball from Matt Cain in New York’s 5-4, 10-inning loss to the San Francisco Giants.

When asked if Wright could miss the rest of the season, New York manager Jerry Manuel said it’s “a possibility” depending on how further tests come out. The club placed him on the 15-day DL after a 3-2 victory over the Giants.

“I do believe we have to be cautious with this,” Manuel said, “and we will be.”

A CT scan on Kuroda was negative, and the right-hander’s only symptom Sunday was a mild headache, Los Angeles trainer Stan Conte said. Kuroda was expected to attend the final game of the Dodgers’ series against Arizona before flying home with the team. He will undergo further tests by Los Angeles neurologist Dr. Vernon Williams on Monday.

The 34-year-old Kuroda crumpled to the mound after pinch-hitter Rusty Ryal’s liner deflected off the right side of his head and landed near the Arizona on-deck circle before bouncing into the stands for a ground-rule double.

All eight Dodgers fielders stood on the mound as trainers tended to Kuroda, who was placed on a stretcher and loaded onto a cart. He raised both of his arms as the cart rolled off the field in the sixth inning.

“Just very lucky. I guess it just hit him in the right spot if there is such a right spot,” said Dodgers manager Joe Torre, who visited Kuroda in the hospital Saturday night.

Jeter surpasses Aparicio

Yet another Hall of Famer passed and milestone reached for Yankees captain Derek Jeter.

Jeter passed Luis Aparicio for most hits by a shortstop on Sunday when he fought off a pitch on his hands from Seattle rookie Doug Fister and sent it down the right-field line for an RBI double in the third inning of New York’s 10-3 loss to the Mariners. His 2,674th hit as a shortstop came two innings after he had singled leading off the game.

“I just try to be consistent year in and year out,” said the 35-year-old Jeter, who claimed to be unaware of the record coming into the weekend. “If you are consistent, good things happen.

“It’s kind of hard to believe, to say the least.”

Jeter also has 13 hits as a designated hitter in his career. His 2,688 hits are second in Yankees history, 33 behind Lou Gehrig.

Jeter is batting .323 in 112 games this season. This is his 14th consecutive season with at least 150 hits, passing Gehrig for the longest streak in Yankees’ history. It is the longest such streak among active players.

“That’s unbelievable,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “That is really unbelievable, the things he’s been able to accomplish as you see the names that he passes.”

Short hops

San Diego second baseman David Eckstein got the meeting he requested with St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak and perhaps some long-sought closure after his acrimonious departure nearly two seasons ago. The San Diego second baseman on Friday blamed Mozeliak for soured negotiations following the 2007 season. … Cubs right-hander Carlos Zambrano is scheduled to make a rehab start for Single-A Peoria on Thursday before returning Aug. 25 against Washington. Zambrano, who has been sidelined with back spasms, is 7-4 with a 3.35 ERA. … Brett Cecil is scheduled to rejoin Toronto’s rotation on Thursday against Boston. Cecil has been out since he hurt his left knee when he fell trying to field a bunt on Aug. 8.

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