SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Twins outfield prospect LaMonte Wade was carried off on a stretcher after being involved in a scary collision with Cardinals outfielder Oscar Mercado in right-center field during the second inning of the Arizona Fall League Military Appreciation Game on Saturday.
Braves prospect Austin Riley hit a ball into the right-center-field gap and Wade, the Twins' No. 17 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, and Mercado collided at full speed. Mercado managed to hold onto the ball for the third out of the inning, but he remained on the ground for several minutes before remaining in the game.
After a lengthy delay, Wade was carried off on a stretcher and managed to give a thumbs-up to the crowd on his way out of the stadium.
According to a Fall League spokesperson, Wade did not lose consciousness. He had his head and neck area stabilized and was taken to a nearby hospital.
Wade, 23, hit .292 in 117 games with Double-A Chattanooga this season and is hitting .238 through 18 games in the Arizona Fall League.
William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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