Freel hurt (updated)
Reds center fielder Ryan Freel was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital on Monday after tangling with teammate Norris Hopper as both pursued a fly ball in the third inning at Great American Ball Park.
Freel fell hard onto the dirt warning track after catching the fly ball Pirates catcher Humberto Cota hit to right centerfield off Reds starting pitcher Kyle Lohse.
Rob Butcher, the Reds director of media relations, said Freel would undergo scans on his neck and head at the hospital.
“He was coherent when he left the ballpark,” Butcher said. “He does have feeling in all of his extremities.”
CT scans of Freel's head and neck came back normal and he was diagnosed with a contusion to the head and neck. He will be re-evaluated Tuesday.
Freel came to rest on his left side at the base of the right centerfield wall near the 370-foot marker.
Reds manager Jerry Narron and assistant athletic trainer Steve Baumann sprinted from the dugout to the spot where Freel lay motionless.
Second base umpire Adam Dowdy saw the ball in Freel’s glove and signaled Cota out.
Reds medical director, Dr. Timothy Kremchek, and head athletic trainer Mark Mann quickly joined Narron and Bauman on the dirt warning track.
Hopper was uninjured.
The medical personnel stabilized Freel’s neck and slowly rolled him over onto a stretcher. An ambulance backed onto the field and took him to the hospital.
The game against the Pirates resumed after a 13-minute delay.
Ken Griffey Jr., who was not in the starting lineup, came off the bench and played right field. Hopper moved to center field.