Twins Prospect Alert After Outfield Crash Leaves Him Unconscious

Minnesota Twins minor-league center fielder Byron Buxton was diagnosed with a concussion after an outfield collision with a teammate left him unconscious for about 10 minutes, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said.

Buxton, 20, who was selected No. 2 overall in the 2012 Major League Baseball draft, is rated the top prospect in all of minor-league baseball by MLB.com.

Buxton was making his debut last night for the New Britain (Connecticut) Rock Cats when he collided with right fielder Mike Kvasnicka. MLB.com said Kvasnicka’s knee appeared to hit Buxton in the shoulder or neck.

“He’s alert. He has a concussion, so we’ll have to take the normal procedures and protocol for concussion symptoms,” said Ryan, who was at the game and accompanied Buxton to the hospital in an ambulance.

“We’re grateful for just the concussion,” Ryan said on the Rock Cats’ broadcast. “That was very scary.”

Kvasnicka, who also went to the hospital, has a sore hip but otherwise is fine, Ryan said.

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