MIAMI (AP) -Minnesota Twins slugger Justin Morneau was taken to a hospital Friday with an injury to his upper right chest after he collided with Florida Marlins catcher Miguel Olivo at home plate.
Morneau was coughing up blood repeatedly, was out of breath and had chest pains, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Morneau was taken away on a stretcher by fire-rescue workers after the game. He was sitting upright, wearing an oxygen mask and seemed alert.
The Twins first baseman, who is second in the AL with 20 home runs, left the game after being injured in the eighth inning. He came around from first base on pinch-hitter Jason Kubel's two-out double and was stopped short of the plate in a collision with Olivo.
Morneau fell to the ground but Olivo did not. An instant after the collision, shortstop Hanley Ramirez's relay throw bounced off Olivo's glove into the dugout, allowing Morneau to reach out and touch home plate.
Morneau was then slow to rise and eventually walked to the dugout, but he didn't take the field in the bottom of the inning.
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