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05/01/09 12:42 AM ET

Ump Reynolds hit by warmup pitch

Veteran remained in Nationals-Cardinals game

WASHINGTON -- Home-plate umpire Jim Reynolds was hit on the top of the head by a warmup pitch before the bottom of the seventh inning during Thursday's Nationals-Cardinals game.

Cardinals right-hander Blaine Boyer threw a warmup pitch that missed catcher Jason LaRue's glove and hit Reynolds in the head. Reynolds collapsed to the ground and was unconscious for a few minutes. LaRue and the Cardinals and Nationals training staffs immediately came to his aid.

"I told Jason I was throwing a cutter, but it never cut. It just went straight," Boyer said. "And man, he wore that right on his forehead. Like a gamer, he just stayed in. I felt terrible. I saw it hit square off his forehead and he took it. I was really just so worried about him. It's one of those things you just hear about. I hope he's OK and I hope he gets it checked out."

Reynolds was able to get up on his own power and remained in the game.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. Lisa Winston contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.