ARLINGTON -- A day after getting whacked in the back of the head by Elvis Andrus' elbow, Matt LaPorta was out of the Indians' starting lineup but was showing no signs of a concussion. The Tribe was being cautious with LaPorta on Tuesday, subjecting him to neuropsychological testing to ensure the blow to the head did not affect memory or brain function. LaPorta was then scheduled to do some cardio work to ensure that an elevated heart rate did not lead to headaches or nausea. But all signs point to LaPorta returning to the Indians' lineup soon, perhaps as soon as Wednesday's series finale in Texas.
LaPorta said he had a headache Monday night, when a CT scan at the nearby Medical Center of Arlington came back negative. He felt much better Tuesday. In fact, he said this head contusion was not nearly as bad as the concussion he suffered when getting hit in the back of the head with a pitch during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. "That one was a lot worse than right now," LaPorta said. "I felt the effects of that one for a couple weeks." This time around, LaPorta was injured when he attempted to field Jason Donald's short-hopped throw to first on Andrus' infield single in the third inning Monday night. "I had to back up to get it," LaPorta said. "I got in the way of the basepath." That's where his head met Andrus' elbow. LaPorta fell flat on the ground and looked dazed and confused. He remained in the game for the final two outs of the third but was pulled when he came back to the dugout and felt nauseous. LaPorta wasn't sure if he lost consciousness upon impact or not. "I don't know if I got knocked out," he said. "But for a couple seconds, I wasn't normal." He felt normal Tuesday, and the Indians hope to have him back soon.