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Lutz held out as precaution, more tests planned

Buffalo Bisons third baseman Zach Lutz was held out of Sunday's game against the Norfolk Tides for precautionary reasons because of a head injury and remains listed as day-to-day.

Lutz was struck in the head by a pitch on Friday and suffered a headache immediately after the incident, but the pain has subsided, Bisons manager Tim Teufel said.

"He felt like he was ready to play [Sunday] but all players think that," Teufel said. "They all want to play, especially him,

because he's a gamer who doesn't like to sit on the bench or sit around the locker room at all."

Lutz took a baseline test on Sunday morning, which is standard procedure under Major League baseball guidelines.

"The doctors looked at him and I think he has to do another retest in a day or two," Teufel said. "Anytime you get hit in the head you have a baseline test that all the players have taken prior to the year so you have something to draw on. The doctor saw things that he wants to re-evaluate and take his time with."

Lutz entered Friday's contest hitting .327 in 13 games since being activated off the disabled list on June 7 and raised his season average to .318 in 26 games in Buffalo.

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Valentino Pascucci went a week in between home runs, but Sunday's blast was quite memorable.

Pascucci broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning with a drive over the left field fence that traveled an estimated 420 feet. A fan sitting outside the ball park fetched the ball and waved it around as Pascucci cleared the bases.

"It's one of those ones when I hit it I knew it was gone," said Pascucci, who now has 10 home runs on the year. "I think I heard [hitting coach Mike] Easler yell from the dugout."

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Saturday night's extra inning game lasted nearly four hours, but the Bisons got a bit of a reprieve on Sunday with a game that was completed in just over two hours.

"Nice, we needed that," said Teufel on the contest that went two hours and 18 minutes. "I think everybody needed that."

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