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Heads-up play by Stewart proves costly

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Ian Stewart's daughter, Ellsi, was lying stomach-first on the bed watching TV on Sunday night when the veteran third baseman playfully lunged at her and she suddenly lifted her head up, banging Stewart in the nose and forcing him to get scratched from the Angels' lineup on Monday.

She's only 4.

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"Big head, though," Stewart joked Tuesday morning, just before returning to baseball activities after doctors ruled out a broken nose and a concussion.

The freak injury basically makes Stewart this year's Sean Burnett, the Angels reliever who tweaked his back while picking up his 4-year-old son and putting him in a shopping cart last spring.

"She just kind of looked at me and laid back down and watched her movie," Stewart said, "and I thought I had a broken nose, because I heard like a crunchy sound. I just remember having a headache immediately."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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