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SAN FRANCISCO – Giants minor league outfielder Darren Ford appears to have avoided what witnesses described as a potentially devastating head injury after he was transported by ambulance from the field in Salt Lake City Thursday night.
Witnesses said Ford, playing for Triple-A Fresno, dived headfirst into a concrete wall in foul ground down the left field line while chasing a fly ball.
Ford’s agent, Joshua Kusnick, relayed on Twitter that the speedy outfielder “never lost consciousness” and was “put on (a) stretcher as a precaution.”
Ford had full movement of his arms and legs, Kusnick reported. Giants vice president Bobby Evans said Ford was diagnosed with a concussion and multiple abrasions, and will get results of other tests on Friday. He was released from the hospital late Thursday night and was cleared to travel back to Fresno with the team on Friday. He'll be placed on the disabled list, Evans said.
Ford was a sensation off the bench for the Giants in 2012, becoming known as “The Bullet” because of how Giants manager Bruce Bochy would deploy him as a pinch runner.
He re-signed with the Giants this spring and was assigned to Fresno.