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Tests negative, Kotchman out of hospital

Tests negative, Kotchman out of hospital

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Tests negative, Kotchman out of hospital
ST. PETERSBURG -- Casey Kotchman was scratched from Tuesday night's Rays lineup after feeling tightness in his chest.

According to the team, the first baseman was taken to St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Petersburg for precautionary reasons. Tests were conducted and each of them came back negative. Kotchman was released Tuesday night.

"Before the game, I was walking out toward the batting cage [after talking to the media], and [head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield] came up and told me [about Kotchman's problem]," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "And eventually, he came back and told me maybe a half-hour after that, that everything was good."

Maddon said he did not know Kotchman's status for Wednesday.

"It's kind of an as-tolerated thing," Maddon said. "I'll just have to wait until he shows up tomorrow to figure that out."

Sean Rodriguez was inserted into the lineup against the Yankees at first base, and he went 1-for-4 in the Rays' 5-3 win.

Kotchman, 28, is hitting .305 with 10 home runs and 48 RBIs on the season.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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