Ambulance Rushes Rock Cats Player Off Field at New Britain Stadium

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    (Published Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014)

    An ambulance carted Rock Cats centerfielder Byron Buxton off the field after he collided with rightfielder Mike Kvasnicka during a Wednesday night game against the Bowie Baysox at New Britain Stadium.

    The players slammed into each another while chasing a ball into centerfield. Both men were down for a period of time after the collision.

    Ambulance Rushes Injured Rock Cats Player Off Field

    [HAR] Ambulance Rushes Injured Rock Cats Player Off Field
    Rock Cats outfielder Byron Buxton was injured after colliding with a teammate on the field Wednesday night. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014)

    Team officials say Buxton, the top prospect for the Minnesota Twins, suffered a concussion and was unconscious for 10 minutes after the impact. He has been treated and released.

    Last night was his AA debut with the New Britain Rock Cats. Team General Manager Terry Ryan, who was there to see it unfold, said Buxton will be out for seven days. It's unlikely he'll play again this season, which ends in just a couple weeks.

    "This was so unfortunate for him to have that collision," said Anne Provera, of West Hartford, who was in the stands. "I cried, I felt so bad. It's very sad." reports that Buxton was alert and talking as he was loaded into an ambulance.

    Ryan said Kvasnicka is being treated for a left hip injury. Both players were taken to a local hospital.