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.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.