Tyler Colvin (STAFF PHOTO/PAM DAVIS)
Two Chicago Cubs prospects at Class High-A Daytona received a scare on Saturday night at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. Outfielders Tyler Colvin and Tony Campana were injured in a violent collision in the outfield during the sixth inning of the Cubs’ 11-6 loss to the Clearwater Threshers.
With two away in the inning, Threshers right fielder Dominic Brown lifted a fly ball to left-center field off Cubs reliever Craig Muschko. Both Colvin and Campana converged on the play and collided at full speed, causing the ball to drop and Brown to race around the bases for an inside the park home run.
After the collision, Colvin and Campana went down immediately and lay motionless for several minutes. After a delay of nearly a half-hour, the two were carried out on stretchers en route to Halifax Heath Center, a nearby hospital where both players underwent CT scans. They were alert and had movement in all extremities upon being taken to the hospital.
Both were diagnosed with concussions, Cubs manager Buddy Bailey confirmed.
“Tyler never lost consciousness, but (Campana) did,” Bailey said. “They both definitely have concussions.”
Although Campana appeared to be more shaken up on the play initially, he was later released from the hospital ahead of Colvin.
Campana left the game on a stretcher wearing a neck brace. He returned to the stadium after being released from the hospital shortly after the game had ended.
“I don’t really remember anything,” Campana said afterward. “But I feel fine and they released me right away. Tyler was in worse shape than I am.”
Colvin sustained a visible knot just above his left ear. Both he and Campana will undergo additional tests early this week and be reevaluated, said Bailey.
Bailey said that one or both players would go on the disabled list.
“They are both going to have general soreness so bad for three or four days that it’s going to be hard to move,” said Bailey. “When you have a collision like that, your upper body and neck is going to be in bad shape and that’s not including the concussion part.”
Bailey said the Cubs would bring up OF Francisco Guzman from extended spring training to coincide with Colvin and/or Campana’s absence.
“I’m sure both of them will be fine,” said Bailey. “It’s one of those things where you’ve got to keep on going. It’s just like when you see people in a car wreck; it’s not pretty, but you keep on driving. You’ve got to find a way to get through it.”
But that’s easier said than done – at least it was Saturday, said Cubs catcher Mark Reed.
“Everyone was in total shock and it just took everybody out of what we were trying to do out here,” Reed said. “The whole time, I mean, you’re sick to your stomach after you see something like that. It was one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen.”
Colvin batted .253 with one home run and four doubles through 27 games. The Cubs’ first-round pick in the 2006 draft from Clemson, he underwent Tommy John surgery last October and began 2009 at Daytona as the Cubs’ designated hitter before eventually seeing playing time in left field and center field.
Campana was a 13th-round Cubs draft pick from Cincinnati a year ago and began 2009 at Class-A Peoria. He batted .283 and stole 11 bases in 18 games with Peoria before being promoted to Daytona on May 1. He is 8-for-30 (.267) with a double and three stolen bases in eight games with Daytona.
InsideTheIvy.com correspondent Corey Ann Dobridnia in Daytona Beach contributed to this report.