PHOENIX -- Less than 24 hours after colliding with Jason Heyward, Nate McLouth was still battling a painful headache. If he's still battling these same symptoms on Friday, he said he would understand if the Braves opt to place him on the disabled list.
When McLouth spoke to reporters after Thursday afternoon's win over the D-backs, he still hadn't received the results of a computerized cerebral exam he had undergone just a few hours earlier at Chase Field.
But given the fact that his headache hadn't improved, the Braves' center fielder understood that the Braves may need to take some precautionary measures by sidelining him for more than just a couple of days. He was scheduled to meet with a doctor one more time before the club left Phoenix early Thursday evening.
"It's hard to tell because it hasn't even been 24 hours yet," McLouth said about the possibility of going on the disabled list. "It's not my choice, but if I'm still feeling this way tomorrow, then that would be a little different."
McLouth began feeling the headache after flipping over Heyward and slamming his upper back and head into the outfield grass during Wednesday night's eighth inning. Neither outfielder called for the ball as they raced into right-center field to grab a Gerardo Parra fly ball that fell to the ground and resulted in a game-winning, inside-the-park home run.
"It's a ball that neither one could call because you don't know if you can get it or not," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "It can happen like that when the ball is hit to just the right spot."
The Braves still haven't labeled McLouth's condition as a concussion. But even with the symptoms that he has, Cox knows that his center fielder could be sidelined for at least a week.
"Typically, it's three-to-seven days," Cox said. "I don't know what the term is. They just said a contusion of the head."
Doctors have recently shown much more caution when prescribing treatment for athletes who incur some sort of head trauma. The National Football League has implemented stricter rules about when players are permitted to return from concussions.
"Recently, people have been very cautious with head injuries, especially in the NFL," McLouth said. "I guess we'll find out."
Taking precautionary measures in the event that the collision caused a concussion, Braves trainer Jeff Porter awoke McLouth at 4 a.m MST and then repeatedly kept tabs on him throughout Thursday's game.
"I think that was a pulse check to see if I was still alive," McLouth said.
While clipping McLouth's legs with his own, Heyward suffered a bruised right shin. The Braves' 20-year-old phenom wore a padded bandage around the affected region while recording a pair of RBI singles during Thursday's win.
Moylan frustrated with recent struggles
PHOENIX -- The agitation Peter Moylan displayed after Wednesday night's loss had nothing to do with the fact that an outfield collision had just caused him to surrender a home run for the first time in more than two years. Instead, the Braves right-handed reliever was disturbed that his recent command issues had led to him opening the eighth inning by hitting D-backs third baseman Mark Reynolds with a pitch.
Reynolds reached as the potential tying run and then easily scored when Gerardo Parra raced around the bases with an inside-the-park home run after Braves outfielders Nate McLouth and Jason Heyward collided in right-center field.
"You can't hit the leadoff hitter in a one-run game," Braves manager Bobby Cox said.
Unfortuantely for Moylan, command has recently become a troubling issue. In the three innings he has completed in five appearances this month, the sidearm reliever has issued five walks and thrown just 47 percent of his pitches for strikes.
During the 12 1/3 innings he completed in 15 May appearances, he issued five walks and threw 62 percent of his pitches for strikes.
"I've been tweaking with a few things mechanically," Moylan said. "But I've been doing this long enough now that I should be able to feel when it feels right."
Moylan's recent struggles come at an inopportune time for the Braves, who need him to serve as their primary setup man while Takashi Saito remains on the disabled list until at least June 19 with a strained left hamstring.
Parra's inside-the-park homer was the first home run that Moylan surrendered since March 30, 2008 -- a span of 102 innings. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the longest homerless streak by a Braves pitcher since John Smoltz went 119 2/3 innings without allowing one during a span that included the 1991 and '92 seasons.
Kawakami searching for first win, run support
ATLANTA -- Kenshin Kawakami has completed six scoreless innings in two of his past five starts and still finds himself as one of the two Major League hurlers who have gone winless while making at least 10 starts this season.
After notching a season-high eight strikeouts and holding the D-backs scoreless over six innings on Wednesday night, Kawakami went to the clubhouse with the game still scoreless. The Braves have scored 21 runs during the 69 innings that he has been on the mound this year.
The Braves have scored three runs or fewer in seven of the 11 games Kawakami has started this season. They have been limited to two runs or fewer in four of those games.
"No wonder he is (0-8)," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "[Sandy] Koufax couldn't win with that."
Kawakami has shown some signs of encouragement while completing at least six innings in each of his past five starts. The 34-year-old right-hander has lowered his ERA from 5.79 to 4.48 during this span.
But like Orioles right-hander Kevin Millwood, the only other Major Leaguer who remains winless through his first 10 starts this season, Kawakami would like to soon gain some kind of tangible reward for his efforts.
"I just have to give my full effort and keep my team in the ballgame and just contribute as much as I can so that the team has a chance to win," Kawakami said through his interpreter.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.