Rick Ankiel Slams Face First Into The Outfield Wall
Total Pro Sports – The game wasn’t all the St. Louis Cardinals lost last night. Rick Ankiel fell head first into the outfield fence after making a running catch on a Pedro Feliz drive in the 8th inning. He stayed flat on his back for several minutes as fans at Busch Stadium were silenced and teammates gathered around him to make sure he would be alright. The game was delayed about 15 minutes, eventually ending with a score of 6-1 in favor of the Philadelphia Phillies.
For now, things seem to be alright as X-rays and a CT scan of Ankiel’s head, neck and back were all negative and showed no fractures according to team spokesman Brian Bartow. Ankiel stayed in the hospital overnight for observation, and his return will likely be day-to-day. After the injury, he was stabilized with a neck brace and carted off the field. Teammate Chris Duncan talked to Ankiel first as he lay motionless on the field.
“I said, ‘Are you all right?'” Duncan said. “He said, ‘I think so. I’m just going to lay here.’ It’s pretty scary to see someone run that fast into a wall.” (ABC News)
Should this injury prove to be more serious, this could be a major setback in the development of Ankiel, who has come a long way since making the transition from pitcher to fielder. When he does return, he may want to consider refraining from making imprints of his face in the wall.