SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants first base coach Roberto Kelly was taken to a local hospital after getting hit by a sinking line drive during batting practice on Saturday at AT&T Park.

Kelly was diagnosed with a concussion and released late Saturday after undergoing a CT scan. If he gets clearance from team doctors Sunday, Kelly could be on the field for Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Kelly, 48, was standing behind a screen near second base when a topspin liner off Buster Posey's bat dipped over the top of the screen and hit him in the head. He was down and motionless for several minutes.

"It was one of the scariest things I've ever seen," said second baseman Ryan Theriot, who was standing right next to Kelly. "He was out."

Theriot described the sound of impact as similar to a ball being smacked by a fungo bat. "You knew it was bad by the sound," shortstop Brandon Crawford said. "It was a scary moment."

Kelly was helped off the field by team trainers and taken into the clubhouse. A few minutes later he was taken out of AT&T Park on a stretcher, but was sitting up and able to talk to paramedics.

Kelly is in his fifth season as the club's first base coach and also oversees base running and outfield defense.

The team resumed hitting after he was taken off the field, but several players said short prayers and the mood was downcast for the remainder of the workout session.


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Posey said he didn't see the ball hit Kelly.

"Anytime somebody gets hit in the head you're worried," Posey said. "A head injury is always scary. You just can't take anything for granted there."