Top Twins Prospect Byron Buxton Knocked Out Cold After Colliding with Teammate in Right Field (Video)
It’s not uncommon to see guys knocked out cold in football or hockey. It gives you chills, but players are colliding with each other at high speeds on every single play, so everyone knows it’s bound to happen.
In baseball it’s a different story. You just never expect it to happen in baseball. It always catches you by surprise.
Such was the case last night in Connecticut, where the Twins Double-A affiliate, the New Britain Rock Cats, were hosting the Bowie Baysox. Byron Buxton, who is considered by some to be the number one prospect in baseball, was knocked unconscious for ten excruciatingly long minutes after his head collided with the knee of teammate Mike Kvasnicka while both were trying to field a fly ball in the top of the fifth inning.
Play was suspended for 30 minutes while medical personnel stabilized Buxton and loaded him onto a stretcher. He was then taken to a local hospital where, thankfully, he was only diagnosed with a concussion.
Of course, normally a concussion is a pretty serious thing, especially when it knocked you out cold for ten minutes. But here I say it was “only” a concussion because things could have been worse. Buxton’s skull could have been fractured. There could have been bleeding. He could have even died.
“I don’t know if I’ve seen a collision that severe in recent memory,” said Twins GM Terry Ryan. “But Byron Buxton’s fine. He’s alert. He has a concussion, so we’ll have to take the normal procedure and protocol for concussion symptoms. He’ll certainly be watched.”
If you have a thing for macabre sports injuries, take a look at the video:
Let’s hope Buxton makes a quick and full recovery.
Hat Tip – [MLB.com]