Darren Ford, a minor-league outfielder from Vineland, suffered a possible concussion and other injuries Thursday night when he crashed headfirst into the left-field wall while trying to make a catch.
His agent, Joshua Kusnick, told the Press via Twitter on Friday night that Ford is not expected to have long-term problems from his injuries. Kusnick tweeted that Ford had some back problems and likely a concussion. Kusnick tweeted that he did not know how long Ford would be sidelined but that no long-term problems were expected.
The Press could not reach Ford by telephone Friday.
Ford, 28, was injured during the eighth inning of the Fresno Grizzlies' 11-4 win over the Salt Lake Bees in the triple-A Pacific Coast League. The Grizzlies are the top minor-league affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, the team with which Ford made his major-league debut and earned a 2010 World Series ring.
According to a story by Josh Jackson of milb.com, Ford was injured while trying to catch a foul ball at Smith's Ballpark. Jackson reported that Ford also suffered a "neck sprain," and that Fresno manager Bob Mariano said Ford was able to move his legs and feet after the collision.
An ambulance and firetruck entered the field, and Ford was removed on a stretcher and taken to a Salt Lake City-area hospital.
Also via Twitter on Thursday night, Kusnick indicated that Ford "never lost" consciousness "and was put on a stretcher as a precaution."
Before the injury, Ford was 1-for-4 and was caught trying to steal in the game.
He was released from the hospital and able to fly back to California with the rest of the team.
Ford's injury interrupts what had been a promising start to the new season. He is hitting .350 (7-for-20) through eight games.
Known for his sprinter's speed and nicknamed "the Bullet," Ford is in his 10th season of professional baseball. He has a .265 batting average (871-for-3,282) and .344 on-base percentage in 862 minor-league games.
He also appeared in a total of 33 major-league games with the Giants in 2010 and 2011. In the majors, he has batted .286 (4-for-14) with a .375 OBP.
Ford was a star player at Vineland High School. The Milwaukee Brewers drafted him in the 18th round (No. 526 overall) of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft. In July 2008, he was traded by the Brewers to the Giants. He also has played for the Seattle Mariners and Pittsburgh Pirates organizations.
Ford, a 2004 Vineland graduate, is trying to get back to the major leagues. On Sept. 1, 2010, the Giants called him up to the major leagues, making him the first local player to get to baseball's highest level since Bridgeton native and Cumberland Regional graduate Randall Byers appeared in 11 games for San Diego in 1988.
Ford appeared in seven games for the Giants during the 2010 regular season and watched from the dugout as the Giants beat the Phillies in the National League Championship Series en route to winning the World Series. Although Ford was ineligible for the postseason, he still received a World Series ring.