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Clement released from hospital

Less than 24 hours after being hit in the head with a line drive, Red Sox starting pitcher Matt Clement has been released from the hospital.

Clement was released from Bayfront Medical Center in Tampa Bay after a second CT scan was negative. The All-Star pitcher was not at Tropicana Field for today’s Red Sox-Devil Rays game, but is scheduled to fly home with the team after the game.

“Matt stayed in the hospital overnight and underwent further tests and observation this morning ...” Red Sox doctor Thomas Gill said in a statement. “Matt will accompany the team back to Boston tonight and be evaluated by our medical staff upon his return.”

It’s not known whether Clement will go on the disabled list, but it appears his time away from the rotation will not be long. Clement was struck in the head by a line drive during the Sox' 10-9 win over the Devil Rays last night.

Clement was carted off the field on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to nearby Bayfront Medical Center.

After the incident, Clement spoke to his wife, Heather, who was back in Boston watching on television with their 4-year-old son, Mattix, according to Axelrod.

''He was kind of joking with her," Axelrod said. ''She said, 'All your runs scored.' He said, 'That figures.' He was worried about that.

''Mattix was sitting there watching on TV and saying, 'Daddy, c'mon. Daddy, c'mon.' Heather said it was all she could do to hold it together."

Clement was struck by a line drive hit by Devil Rays left fielder Carl Crawford in what appeared to be the area behind the right ear with one out in the third inning. The ball struck Clement with such force that it caromed into short left field, where it was retrieved by Manny Ramirez. Tampa Bay's Alex Gonzalez, who was on third base, scored on the play.

Clement covered his ear with both hands and lay motionless on his left side while medical personnel from both teams rushed to his aid, and the crowd fell silent.

Information from today’s Boston Globe was used in this report.

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