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Ryal not dwelling on scary hit vs. Kuroda

Ryal not dwelling on scary hit vs. Kuroda

PHOENIX -- D-backs reserve infielder Rusty Ryal said if he should face Dodgers starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda in the series finale Wednesday, it wouldn't be any different than facing any other right-hander.

Last August, Ryal hit a line drive that caromed off Kuroda's head in a game at Chase Field.

"I said what I needed to say when it happened," Ryal said. "It was an unfortunate situation and it happened. We take the same chance as [pitchers] do when we get in the box, except we don't have control of the ball. I'm glad to see he is back on the mound."


Ryal has been one of the National League's best pinch-hitters to start the season, as he is 6-for-13 (.462) entering Tuesday's action. The six hits tie Pittsburgh's Delwyn Young for the NL lead.