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ANGEL HURLER CRITICAL AFTER BEING HIT BY A LINE DRIVE

California Angels pitcher Matt Keough was scheduled for further brain tests this morning, a day after he was hit in the head by a foul ball and rushed into emergency surgery.

Keough was listed in critical condition. Results of today's brain scan were expected later in the day."The doctors have given the Angels no reason to believe that the injury is life-threatening," team spokesman Tim Mead said Monday night. "He is resting in intensive care."

Keough, 36, has not pitched in the majors since 1986, and was invited to the Angels' camp this spring. He was sitting in the third-base dugout during the California-San Francisco exhibition game when he was hit in the right temple by a foul liner off the bat of Giants leadoff batter John Patterson in the first inning.

Keough underwent a craniotomy at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital to relieve pressure caused by a blood clot on the brain.

Dr. Gordon Deen performed the surgery after a brain scan revealed an epidural hematoma, a blood clot or pool of blood inside the skull.

Keough's father, Marty, a former major league player and now a scout for the St. Louis Cardinals, was in the stands at Scottsdale Stadium when the accident happened. He stood and watched as an ambulance drove onto the field and took him across the street to Scottsdale Memorial Hospital.

Other members of Keough's family were flown in by the Angels to Scottsdale, a suburb of Phoenix, Mead said.

Keough seemed woozy and may have lost consciousness for a few seconds, Angels trainer Rick Smith said.

"It was awful. It sounded like it hit a squash," Angels manager Buck Rodgers said. "Matt was scared, real scared."

The game was stopped for 20 minutes while paramedics immobilized Keough's head and neck and strapped him to a stretcher.

"It hit him flush in the face," said Don Robinson of the Angels, who was pitching at the time. "He didn't have a chance to get out of the way."

Keough is trying to come back from two rotator cuff surgeries, the latest 11 months ago. He was scheduled to relieve Robinson and pitch three or four innings.

Keough has pitched twice this spring, allowing one run in five innings. He was invited to the Angels' camp last spring, but pitched only twice before developing shoulder problems. He was with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan's Central League from 1987-90.

In 1980, Keough won 16 games for Oakland and was the AL Comeback Player of the Year. He is 58-84 with a 4.17 ERA in seven-plus major league seasons.