The Milwaukee Brewers won their spring finale on Saturday afternoon, but it may have come at a price.
Minor league catcher Rene Garcia, with the team for this weekend’s exhibition games against the Chicago White Sox at Miller Park, was potentially seriously injured during a collision at home plate during the 9th inning of Saturday’s game.
The collision happened on a sacrifice fly that tied the game at 4. Domingo Santana’s throw home was a little late and a little up the line, causing Garcia to be put in an awkward situation. As he tried to reach back to make a tag on Nicky Delmonico, Garcia’s leg got caught underneath Delmonico while he bent backwards (you can see a photo of the play above).
Garcia remained on the ground for several minutes as the medical team examined him, eventually bringing a cart onto the field, putting a neck brace on him, and strapping him onto a board.
After the game, manager Craig Counsell said Garcia was taken to the hospital.
Rene Garcia was transported to Froederdt Hospital, Craig Counsell said. They are concerned about his head/neck and his left knee.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) April 1, 2017
Obviously a scary situation, and one you never want to see, let alone in the last spring game of the year. Stay tuned for updates on his condition.
Rene Garcia "is doing well," David Stearns said. Entering MLB's concussion protocol, but avoided any other major injuries.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) April 2, 2017
GM David Stearns said as soon as Garcia can fly, he will return to Arizona and continue in concussion protocol. Escaped serious injury.— Tom (@Haudricourt) April 2, 2017