Arizona League Brewers’ player Julio Mendez reportedly suffered an injury so severe, umps had to call off the game.
There are no firm reports on exactly what happened as of yet, but as of right now Mendez was allegedly struck in the heart by a pitch and collapsed on the field. The below tweeter claims to have heard players, coaches and emergency personnel saying Mendez had no pulse before he was rushed to a local hospital.
FORGET THE FIGHT! PRAYERS OUT TO JULIO MENDEZ FRIM BREWERS AZL. HBP, UNCONSCIOUS, AND HEART STOPPED BEATING FOR OVER 20 MINUTES— Padres All Day (@padres_faithful) August 27, 2017
I've been told Julio Mendez was hit by a ball in the heart. Had CPR done, ended up being put on a stretcher & sent to ER. #AZLBrewers— Brewers Prospects (@BrewerProspect) August 27, 2017
Teammates could be seen tweeting out calls for prayer for the injured Brewer. We will report more as it becomes available.
Still no official statement yet from the Brewers, but this account of the incident was shared on reddit:
"brew_burner" on Reddit with details about what happened with Julio Mendez last night— Math (@MEbelMath) August 27, 2017
Really scary stuff pic.twitter.com/PXVDBKDiBQ
Brewers minor leaguer Julio Mendez suffered a cardiac event after being hit by a pitch. He's in critical but stable condition.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 27, 2017
Brewers gm david Stearns sends "all our thoughts and prayers" to Julio Mendez and his family. A reminder how dangerous a HBP can be.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 27, 2017