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Hours after concussion, Marlins' Jennings on Twitter updating, thanking fans

CINCINNATI -- Taken to a Pittsburgh hospital Thursday night after a Jordy Mercer line drive struck him in the head, Marlins reliever Dan Jennings took to Twitter to update the public.

Late Thursday, Jennings Tweeted: "The scans were negative-it seems I'm going to be ok. The support shown tonight has been unbelievable, speechless. God is amazing."

He added: "God was definitely watching over me tonight."

The Marlins announced Jennings was diagnosed with a concussion and would remain hospitalized overnight. With two outs in the seventh inning, Mercer lined a pitch that caught Jennings on the left side of his head, leaving him woozy and disoriented. Jennings never lost consciousness and was able to answer athletic trainer Sean Cunningham's questions.

At some point Friday, the Marlins likely will place him on the 7-day concussion disabled list and after a week move him to the 15-day DL if necessary.

The PNC Park crowd gave Jennings rousing applause as he was carted off the field with Cunningham. When the spectators saw Jennings raise his arm in acknowledgement, the decibel level rose.

Jennings Tweeted: "@Pirates fans showed amazing support tonight- as always @Marlins fans supporting too."

Numerous teammates and members of the Pirates used social media as well to express well wishes and urge fans to keep Jennings in their thoughts and prayers:

Giancarlo Stanton: "Everyone please take a moment to pray for @LtDanJennings , & wish him a speedy recovery."

Tom Koehler: "Everyone please keep @LtDanJennings in your thoughts and prayers. Very scary moment tonight. Hoping for a speedy recovery."

Steve Cishek: "Praying for our bro @LtDanJennings The support and love everyone showed him tonight was great. Now continued prayer for speedy recovery."

Jarred Cosart: "There's more to life than just baseball. Everyone pray for a speedy recovery for Dan Jennings. @Marlins family is all behind you."

Andrew McCutchen: "u guys pray for Dan Jennings for the Marlins...u dont want to see something like that happen to anyone. #PrayUp"

Mercer: "My thoughts and prayers are with @LtDanJennings and his family! Hope you're doing ok! #getwellsoon"

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