Darren Ford (Vineland), the centerfielder for the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies (Giants), was taken off the field by ambulance during Thursday's game in Salt Lake City (Angels) against the Bees. 

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Ford collided headfirst with the left-field wall as he attempted to catch a ball. Ford was taken to a local hospital.

The team's Twitter feed posted the following on Thursday night:

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"Please keep OF Darren Ford in your thoughts. He was escorted off the field on a stretcher due to an injury sustained in the field of play."

Joshua Kusnick, Ford's agent, posted the following on Twitter shortly after midnight Friday.

"Darren ford never lost conciousness and was put on a stretcher as a precaution. He has full movement likely a concussion w back pain."

Ford, 28, was 1-for-4 with a strikeout in the game, which Fresno won 11-4. Ford is now batting .350.

Matt Szczur (Lower Cape May Regional H.S.) went 2-for-4 with a run scored for the Iowa Cubs in a 5-1 win over the Nashville Sounds (Mariners) in the triple-A Pacific Coast League on Thursday.

Szczur, who batted leadoff and played center field, also stole one base and was thrown out trying to steal another.

Szczur is hitting .233 (7-for-30).

Scott DeCecco (Middle Township) had a 67.50 ERA in one appearance (two-thirds of an inning in relief) for the High Desert Mavericks (Mariners) of the Advanced Class-A California League.

He did not pitch Thursday in an 8-3 win over the Inland Empire 66ers (Angels).

A.J. Holland (Holy Spirit), a pitcher for the Lynchburg Hillcats (Braves) in the Class-A Advanced Carolina League, started the season on the disabled list with an unspecified injury.

Darren Fischer (Cumberland Regional) is a pitcher with the Princeton (W.Va.) Rays, who start their rookie-level Appalachian League season June 19.

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Alexi Colon (St. Augustine Prep) is an outfielder with the Schaumburg (Ill.) Boomers, who start their Frontier League season May 16.

Charlie Law (Mainland Regional) is a pitcher with the Rockland (N.Y.) Boulders, who start their Can-Am League season May 23.

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