Durham leaves game vs. D-backs
Veteran exits after top of first with migraine headache
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Ray Durham, enjoying a renaissance at the plate this spring, was removed from the Giants' game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday after playing the top half of the first in the field due to a migraine headache.Eugenio Velez pinch hit for the 36-year-old second baseman in the bottom of the first and remained in the game. Durham, hitting .387 with three doubles and six RBIs in spring, has been hampered by hamstring problems in the past. He was used as a designated hitter the past few days. Durham is coming off his worst season as a professional, hitting .218 in 2007, and could never get on track in an injury-filled season. Durham remained in the clubhouse for most of the game to allow the migraine to dissipate. "Usually, I feel it coming and I can take some medication," he said. "Not this time. It was hard and fast. I couldn't have done anything if I wanted."
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.