A Giants minor leaguer left a game via ambulance

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Some scary moments in Salt Lake City yesterday, as Giants minor leaguer Darren Ford had to be transported off the field in an ambulance after diving head first into a concrete wall. Luckily, however, he seems to have avoided what could have been devastating injury. Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com:

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.

There is light padding on the walls, but that’s not going to cushion a running or diving player too terribly much. Thank goodness the worst seems to have been avoided here.

Dodgers tab Walker Buehler to start on Monday

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The Dodgers announced that pitching prospect Walker Buehler will be called up to start on Monday against the Marlins. Rich Hill went on the 10-day disabled list with a cracked fingernail, so Buehler will serve as a fill-in while the lefty is out, likely for just one start.

Buehler, a 23-year-old right-hander, made his major league debut last September, making eight relief appearances. He struggled, yielding eight runs on 11 hits and eight walks with 12 strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings. He was off to a good start to his 2018 season at Triple-A Oklahoma City, owning a 2.08 ERA with 16 strikeouts and four walks in 13 innings.

Monday will be Buehler’s first major league start. He is the Dodgers’ No. 1 prospect and No. 12 overall in baseball according to MLB Pipeline.