Saturday, April 12, 2014

Minor leaguer recovering from frightening crash into wall (Video)

Darren Ford, a minor-league outfielder for the Fresno Grizzlies, suffered a possible concussion and other injuries Thursday night when he crashed headfirst into the left-field wall while trying to make a catch.

The 28-year-old Ford was injured during the eighth inning of the Grizzlies' 11-4 win over the Salt Lake Bees in the triple-A Pacific Coast League. The Grizzlies are the top minor-league affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, the team with which Ford made his major-league debut and earned a 2010 World Series ring.

According to, Ford was injured while trying to catch a foul ball at Smith's Ballpark. Jackson reported that Ford also suffered a "neck sprain," and that Fresno manager Bob Mariano said Ford was able to move his legs and feet after the frightening collision with the cement wall.

An ambulance and firetruck entered the field, and Ford was removed on a stretcher and taken to a Salt Lake City-area hospital.

Ford is not expected to have long-term problems from his injuries and was released from the hospital and able to fly back to California with the rest of the team.

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