Late Thursday afternoon, Buck Showalter fretted about the final game of spring training. He didn’t want any of his players hurt in a game none of them really wanted to play.

About three hours later, Showalter shuddered when he saw Nelson Cruz’s helmet cracked after he was hit by Alex Cobb’s fourth-inning curveball.

Cruz fell, quickly got up and walked off the field. He had a CT-scan, which turned out fine.

“Hopefully everything is all right,” Showalter said. “We’ll take a look and see how he feels tomorrow, but hopefully he feels pretty good.”

Cruz, who was signed to a one-year, $8 million contract last month had a productive spring training and by all accounts has fit in well in the clubhouse.

“I’d like to say we dodged a bullet, but he didn’t,” Showalter said.

Cobb, who hit Nolan Reimold on his left cheek two springs ago, said he felt badly about the pitch.

“I don’t want to make excuses, but it slipped a little bit. It was a curveball and just got away from me,” Cobb said.

“I don’t think any pitcher wants to hit a guy in the head. It was a curveball, you know. If anything, any pitch you could hit him with, you’d prefer it to be that. It still stinks to see a guy go down like that. I’ve heard he’s OK, so that’s good.”

The Orioles finished an eventful spring with a 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays before 8,239 at Ed Smith Stadium. Their spring record was 13-9-4.