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ANGELS NOTEBOOK : STANLEY ISN'T SERIOUSLY HURT.

Boston Red Sox catcher Mike Stanley had a concussion, felt groggy and experienced ringing in his ear Saturday as the result of being beaned by Angels reliever Mike James the night before. And that was good news.

A CAT scan taken at Anaheim Memorial Hospital showed there was no skull fracture.

After Stanley was struck by a James fastball near his left ear during the eighth inning at Anaheim Stadium, doctors feared he was injured severely because there were signs he might have blood in his ear, an indication of a fractured skull.

Instead, he is listed as day-to-day.

``I'd like to play tomorrow but I don't know if they'll let me play that early,'' Stanley said.

Although it wasn't a situation where a pitcher would go head-hunting - James was trying to protect a two-run lead - Boston manager Kevin Kennedy wondered before Saturday's game if the three hit Red Sox batters in the series opener had anything to do with his team's previous success against the Angels.

``Only the players involved know for sure,'' he said.

If that's the case, then there was no intent to injure. James, who buried his face in a towel on the Angels bench after being pulled in favor of Troy Percival and told manager Marcel Lachemann he had a sleepless night, angrily denied intentionally striking Stanley.

``It was unintentional, anyone who thinks otherwise is pretty ignorant,'' he said. ``You're not too baseball smart if you think I came into a 3-1 game and think I hit somebody on purpose.''

Stanley couldn't remember being hit but insisted James didn't do it deliberately.

Langston cleared: Pitcher Mark Langston was cleared to pitch three innings today for Lake Elsinore, the Angels' Single-A affiliate, and could rejoin the rotation this week, two weeks ahead of schedule.

Langston underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair torn cartilage on May 8.

``I'm not surprised, Mark's big advantage is he went into this healthy,'' said Dr. Lewis Yocum. ``The fact he's coming back so quickly means he hasn't lost much in the way of arm strength or speed. It all depends on how the knee reacts after he pitches in games. So far, he's been fine.''
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:May 26, 1996
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