Ford, a San Francisco Giants minor leaguer who plays for the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies, chased a foul ball Thursday night in Salt Lake City and made what can only be called an ill-advised dive. His head smashed into the wall and his teammates rushed to his side as he lay motionless. Eventually, an ambulance came onto the field to cart Ford away to a local hospital. Scary.
Giants fans might know Ford's name. He played 26 big-league games with the team in 2011 and seven in 2010. He spent 2012 in Triple-A for the Seattle Mariners and 2013 at the same level for the Pittsburgh Pirates before returning to the Giants for 2014.
Thursday night, Ford's agent sent out the following update, and Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area filled in more details:
Darren ford never lost conciousness and was put on a stretcher as a precaution. He has full movement likely a concussion w back pain #giant— Joshua Kusnick (@JoshuaKusnick) April 11, 2014
From SF VP Bobby Evans: Darren Ford update: Concussion, and multiple abrasions. Will get results of other tests tomorrow.— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) April 11, 2014
On Friday, The Fresno Bee reported that Ford, 28, was cleared to travel home with the team:
Good news on Fresno Grizzlies OF Darren Ford (concussion). He was medically cleared to fly back with team for tonight's home opener.— Marek Warszawski (@MarekTheBee) April 11, 2014
All of that is, thankfully, much better than the video suggests. In this day and age, it's weird to say a player is OK if he has a concussion. But watching Ford's head hit that wall, it's clear things could have been much worse.
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