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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Three prospects hurt in same AFL game


They say bad things come in threes, and it was certainly that way with injuries in the Arizona Fall League on Tuesday, when three players had to leave the game I was watching between the two Peoria teams due to injury.

Brewers fireballer Jeremy Jeffress, who was lighting up radar guns at 98-99 mph in his earlier outings, was struggling to get the ball over 90 Tuesday. It was obvious just a few pitches into the game that something wasn't right. He appeared to be favoring a leg when he left the field after facing a few batters in the first, so it's possible he just wasn't able to drive off the mound, as opposed to an arm issue. But that's just my speculation at this point.

His Milwaukee teammate, third baseman Taylor Green, took a pitch right in the face during an at-bat, though thankfully it looked like it might have clipped the helmet first. He left the game under his own power with a bloodied nose and hopefully nohing more than that.

White Sox outfielder Stefan Gartrell could not leave under his own power, as he was carted off the field after a phenomenal diving effort on a deep fly ball.

As I get further updates on their conditions, I'll post them.

On an additional injury note, Cubs outfielder Tyler Colvin has been pulled from the AFL due to a bone spur in his elbow, and he's scheduled to have surgery this week.