Minnesota Twins prospect LaMonte Wade taken off field on stretcher

ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 12: Second baseman Luis Rivas
ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 12: Second baseman Luis Rivas /

One of the Minnesota Twins contingent in the Arizona Fall League, LaMonte Wade, was injured in a horrific incident Saturday evening

The Minnesota Twins sent a host of young players to the Arizona Fall League to get experience playing against the best prospects in the game this fall. The top hitting prospect that the Twins sent was LaMonte Wade, an outfielder who spent his season at AA Chattanooga.

The play

Wade was playing right field, where he’s played for the majority of the Arizona Fall League as the primary right fielder for the Surprise Saguanos. His Surprise team was playing the prospect-laden Peoria team in the Military Appreciation game Saturday night.

Peoria came out hitting well right away, scoring 4 runs in the 2nd inning. After a home run in the inning and 3 more runs in the inning, the Peoria team had a runner on second base with two outs when Braves prospect Austin Riley sent a drive toward the right-center gap. That’s when this happened:

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Surprise center fielder Oscar Mercado remained on the field for a significant amount of time due to the collision, but he was able to stay in the game with some knee soreness, but more with shock than anything.

Wade was on the ground for significant time as the Twins trainer that was present as well as multiple medical personnel came out with a stretcher and head protector for Wade.

Initial reports from the game were that Wade had suffered head and neck injuries and reported “abnormal feelings” in his extremities. He was put onto a protective board and strapped in before being rolled to the waiting ambulance for a quick ride to the hospital.

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We will update as further information is available, but keep LaMonte in your positive thoughts. Best wishes for a quick and speedy recovery after this evening!