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UPDATE: Nationals prospect Derek Norris hospitalized after beaning

May 22, 2010, 1:37 PM EDT

UPDATE: Ladson spoke with Norris, who said he expects to miss five to seven days due to a concussion.

11:07 AM: According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, Nationals prospect catcher Derek Norris was hospitalized after being hit in the head by a fastball during a game with Class A Potomac on Friday night.

Norris was reportedly motionless on the field for 10 minutes before being taken away in an ambulance. According to a statement released by the team, Norris was conscious and able to move his extremities upon his arrival to the hospital.

“His vitals are fine and everything looks promising,” said Doug Harris,
the Nationals’ director of player development.

Norris, 21, is regarded as the organization’s best hitting prospect. He batted .286/.413/.513 with 23 home runs and 84 RBI with Single-A Harrisburg last season. He is batting .317/.472/.439 with one home run and six RBI over his first 41 at-bats this season after missing five weeks due to a broken bone in his right hand.
 

  1. Janet - May 22, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    My son is a player at Salem…and our thoughts are with Derek Norris and his family. We’re so relieved to hear optimism in the initial reports, and we’ll keep him in our prayers for a quick and complete recovery.

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