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.

Report: Nationals sign reliever Brandon Kintzler to a two-year deal

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Both a Kinsler and a Kintzler made headlines at the Winter Meetings. After the Angels acquired second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Tigers, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Nationals have inked reliever Brandon Kintzler to a two-year contract, pending a physical. Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the deal is worth $10 million and includes a third-year option worth $6 million.

Kintzler, 33, spent the latter half of his 2017 campaign with the Nationals after the Twins traded him. Between both clubs, he put up an aggregate 3.03 ERA with 29 saves and a 39/16 K/BB ratio in 71 1/3 innings.

Sean Doolittle will handle save situations for the Nationals. Kintzler and Ryan Madson will bridge the gap to him in the seventh and eighth innings.