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Umpire Foster hit by pitch
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07/13/2003 3:04 PM ET
Umpire Foster hit by pitch
Official released from hospital after observation
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Marty Foster left Sunday's Expos-Marlins game after being hit by a pitch. (Pat Sullivan/AP)
MONTREAL -- Home-plate umpire Marty Foster had to leave Sunday's game between the Expos and Marlins in the top of the fourth inning after being knocked down by a Britt Reames pitch.

Foster, who suffered whiplash and a Grade 1 concussion, was taken off the field on a stretcher and brought to Montreal General Hospital for observation.

Foster was later released from the hospital and flew home to Beloit, Wis.

According to an Expos spokesman, Foster will see a doctor and be evaluated there.

"I called down [in the umpire's office] to see how he was doing. He had some X-rays and I think he will be fine," Barrett said. "I felt awful about it, but that's the game. Things like that happen unfortunately. I just hope that he is OK."

With Marlins second baseman Luis Castillo at the plate, Reames threw a 1-1 pitch that went by catcher Michael Barrett's glove and hit Foster's mask. Barrett was charged with a passed ball on the play.

"I got crossed up on that ball. I called for a curveball, and Britt thought I put down a fastball," Barrett said. "I just tried to stay back on it and it went over my head. It was a tough pitch to handle."

After he was hit, Foster went down on one knee. Head trainer Ron McClain and his assistant John Adams rushed to Foster's aid. A few minutes later, Mike Thomas, the Expos' doctor, attended to Foster.

Umpire Fieldin Culbreth replaced Foster behind the plate.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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