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Tigers’ Al Alburquerque gets carted off field

Oakland Athletics v Detroit Tigers

DETROIT - JULY 19: Al Alburquerque #62 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the ninth inning during the game against the Oakland Athletics at Comerica Park on July 19, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Athletics 8-3. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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Detroit reliever Al Alburquerque was hit by a flyball in the outfield during batting practice Friday and was “writhing in pain” afterwards, according to Tom Gage of the Detroit News.

The Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec describes Alburquerque as going “down head-first” with his feet flailing.

As the cart was quickly brought on the the field, Alburqueque was able to stand up with assistance. Still, according to Gage, he was in obvious pain and the players around him seemed shaken.

Alburquerque, a 25-year-old rookie, has been one of the Tigers’ best relievers this season, amassing a 2.19 ERA and striking out 57 in 37 innings.


Update: Zrebiec reports that Alburquerque is being taken to a local hospital for a CT scan.

Update II: Alburquerque was diagnosed with a concussion and will remain hospitalized overnight for observation.