CINCINNATI (AP) -Cincinnati Reds center fielder Ryan Freel was injured after colliding with right fielder Norris Hopper on Monday and placed on a stretcher before taken by ambulance to a hospital.
The frightening scene took place in the third inning of the Reds' game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Freel and Hopper were chasing a fly ball hit by Humberto Cota leading off the inning. Freel caught the ball on the warning track and his left arm was run into by Hopper. Freel was twirled around to his left and fell at the base of the wall.
After being examined by Reds trainers and physicians, Freel was turned over on his back, strapped to a stretcher, loaded into an ambulance and taken to Good Samaritan Hospital. Freel was on the field more than 10 minutes while he was being examined.
There was no immediate word on his injury or his condition.
Hopper remained in the game.
Freel, hitting .253 entering the game, was replaced by Ken Griffey Jr.

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