A scary moment took place in Salt Lake City last night as Darren Ford ran head first into a concrete wall attempting to catch a ball. Ford was carted off the field on a stretcher and immediately sent to a local hospital. Despite initial mixed reports about his well-being, from not being able to move, loss of consciousness, bullpen pitchers crying (as they were closest in proximity to the injury), it appears it wasn’t as bad as it potentially could have been.
— Bees Nation (@FanUtah) April 11, 2014
Shortly after he was taken in the ambulance, Ford’s agent tweeted the following:
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
It was a sigh of the relief given that it was the only good news being put out there, and by a reliable source.
Following that, the San Francisco Giants tweeted an updated regarding Ford’s condition.
#SFGiants minor league OF Darren Ford update: Concussion and multiple abrasions. Will get results of other tests tomorrow.
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) April 11, 2014
Evans: Add’l tests were clear on Darren Ford. He’s being released from hospital and as of now will travel with team back to Fresno tomorrow.
— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) April 11, 2014
Many fans, beat writers, and players jumped on Twitter to give their thoughts and prayers, including Ford’s teammate Adam Duvall.
In a flash things can change! Praying for my teammate Darren Ford, that he is ok and bounces back soon!
— adam duvall (@aduvall123) April 11, 2014
Ford will be placed on the disabled list, per Andrew Baggarly’s conversation with Giants’ Assistant GM, Bobby Evans, but it seems as though Ford was spared from the worst of what could have happened.
Ford is currently an outfielder for the Fresno Grizzlies, but many Giants fans will remember him from the Giants 2011 season (and very briefly the 2010 season), and specifically his speed.
Here’s wishing Ford a speedy recovery.