Quakes manager hit by line drive

Quakes manager Keith Johnson, while coaching third base in Thursday’s game against the 66ers in San Bernardino, was hit in the head by a wicked line drive off the bat of Quakes outfielder Jake Rife in the top of the fourth inning.

Base coaches are required to wear helmets, but the line drive appeared to catch him on the right cheek. He lay on the ground for a few minutes before sitting up and walking off the field under his own power. He was replaced at third by hitting coach Damon Mashore. He apparently received a cut on the ear, but was able to sit in the dugout.

He was eventually taken to the hospital for examination.