Betancourt leaves with dizziness vs. Rangers

Betancourt leaves with dizziness vs. Rangers

KANSAS CITY -- Yuniesky Betancourt was taken out of the lineup in the fifth inning Tuesday night due to mild dizziness after a collision at home plate with Rangers catcher Matt Treanor.

While attempting to score in the third inning off Jason Kendall's sacrifice fly to left field, Betancourt collided with Treanor who lost the ball. Betancourt was ruled safe as he reached out and touched home plate. Visibly shaken up by the collision, Betancourt was attended to by trainer Nick Kenney.

"[Betancourt] slammed his head during the play at the plate and it kind of shook him at first," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He went in the dugout and an inning later he started getting dizzy and started getting a headache so we took him out of the game. Right now, he just has a headache and is a little dizzy."

Betancourt played through the fifth inning, committing an error on an Elvis Andrus slow roller, but also making a leaping grab to steal a base hit from Ian Kinsler. In the sixth, Mike Aviles shifted from second to shortstop, and Chris Getz came in at second.

Yost said initially, Betancourt seemed fine, but as the game continued, he began to feel dizzy.

"He came in recovered, felt fine -- didn't have any headache or any ringing in his ears, wasn't dizzy," Yost said. "But when he came in off the field two innings later he started experiencing some dizziness."

-- Samuel Zuba