Dan Jennings struck in head by liner

Dan JenningsAP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

Miami Marlins relief pitcher Dan Jennings was taken to a hospital after being hit in the head by a line drive in Thursday night's 7-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Jennings, who came on in relief in the seventh inning, retired two batters before he was struck by a liner off the bat of Jordy Mercer. He momentarily stumbled before going to his knees after the play.

Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Jennings' eyes were open and he was responding to questions from the medical staff while on the mound. Jennings stood up to get in the cart.

After the game, the team announced that a CT scan was negative, but Jennings was diagnosed with a concussion and was kept in a hospital overnight for observation.

He put a hand up to acknowledge the crowd as he was driven away and took to Twitter after the game to offer his thanks to the fans.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.