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Colorado Rockies catcher Elias Diaz (left) looks on after pitcher Ryan Feltner is hit by a line drive from Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Nick Castellanos.

(CNN) — Colorado Rockies Peter Ryan Feltner suffered a fractured skull and concussion on Saturday after being hit in the head by a 92.7 mph line drive.

Feltner was hitting. Voice Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Nick Castellanos is back at it in the second inning of the Phillies’ 7-4 win. Feltner was hit in the back of the head as Duck tried to dodge the ball.

The 26-year-old immediately fell to the ground and did not appear to be unconscious. After spending a few minutes on the ground, he was helped to his feet before being carted off the field by Colorado’s training staff.

Rockies manager Bud Black confirmed that Feltner spent the night at the hospital and was diagnosed with a fractured skull and concussion.

“Overall, it’s OK,” Black told reporters. “The feeling is that it could be worse. But he is going to miss some time.

“Ryan was texting the players, so it was very calm when the game was over and guys were going home at 11 o’clock, midnight. He was texting with our medical staff, his parents, and we texted last night. He was clearly in a state of shock, but he was polite.

Black doctors told Feltner that the fracture did not require surgery.

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Trainers hit Feltner on a hit by Castellanos.

“The biggest thing is to let the damage heal and let nature take over,” he said. “He was injured in the head. Time is the best healer. From everything I was told here this morning, things are looking up.”

Castellanos, who was safe with a single after the incident, looked shaken.

“It happens, and it’s my job, and I felt like I ran to first place,” Castellanos later told reporters. “My immediate thought was, ‘Holy sh*t, I hit him.’ There was a part of me that wanted to go to the mound, but I guess the baseball player takes it and you go first.

“When I first touched it, I turned around and hoped it wouldn’t happen.

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