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Desmond Jennings, B.J. Upton carted off the field after major outfield collision

Mar 14, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Good news: The Rays are reporting that Jennings and Upton are just suffering from “general soreness” and are otherwise OK.  Whew.  Initial reports made it sound like they were both gonna die or something.

2:09 PM: Breaking news from the Marlins-Rays Port Charlotte, Florida.  Apparently B.J. Upton and Desmond Jennings collided in the outfield while chasing a gapper from Austin Kearns in left center field. People who saw it are saying it occurred at full speed.

Both Upton and Jennings were carted off the field.  No word on their conditions yet.

We’ll update as soon as we hear something.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Doesn’t spring training for outfielders usually start with the “I got it” drills to avoid this stuff? I hope they make out better than Beltran/Cameron.

    • drewsylvania - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      Not sure what’s downthumb-worthy about this comment. Some people are being sheep.

      • phukyouk - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:34 PM


      • drewsylvania - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:56 PM

        (my comment made more sense when it had zero likes)

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      No doubt C.C. And sometimes…to mix it up they switch to “I go”…”I go”…”I go.”

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:50 PM

        I don’t lack sympathy for anyone who gets hurt, but OF collisions are completely avoidable. Call for the ball, and the corner guy defers to the CF. 2 rules, that is all.

        I’m still not completely over Sheffield crushing Bubby Crosby against the OF wall in Yankee stadium to put the Angels in the ALCS.

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:07 PM

      Absolutely CC. I was working on this very thing last night in the front yard with my 8 year old and 4 year old Daughters. The reason they (outfield collisions) are completely avoidable is because people start working on this when their kids are 4 years old. No joke. We covered this last night. It’s another beautiful day today in the Hoosier state.
      When I get home from work…
      I fully expect them to whine about NOT doing any hitting tonight cause’ we are doing glove work again.

      • hasbeen5 - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:11 PM

        You’re also taught to not call for the ball until you’re sure you’ll get there. If they’re chasing a gapper, neither of them sure whether they’ll get there or not, they won’t call. They wouldn’t want to call for the ball, not get there, and have the other guy not get it either because he pulled up. Sometimes shit happens.

      • stlouis1baseball - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:54 PM

        Valid point(s) Hasbeen. In that scenario…they both pull up short and the ball falls between them…Bad News Bears style. It is the Centerfielders call to make though.
        Howevr, as you state…sometimes shit does happen.
        When it does happen it is always messy.

    • buddaley - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:50 PM

      “The two were running full out toward a ball hit by Miami’s Austin Kearns; both called it, neither heard the other, and they collided.”

  2. drewsylvania - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Not good. Hopefully it’s not as bad as it sounds.

  3. randygnyc - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Hope they don’t have significant, serious injuries. Rays can’t be competitive without them.

  4. b7p19 - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Is “General Soreness” the brother of “General Stiffness”?

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      General Stiffness is only a problem when it lasts more than 4 hours, or so I’m told on commercials.

      • phukyouk - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:47 PM

        you are thinking about Major stiffness

      • drewsylvania - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:05 PM

        Or, heck, Private Stiffness.

      • drewsylvania - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:53 PM

        Downthumbers have no sense of humor.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:23 PM

        Does Private Stiffness have to salute in the presence of Major Stiffness and General Stiffness?

    • sabatimus - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      You’re saying they got aroused during the collision? Maybe the carts were just a smoke screen…

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:38 PM

        Oh man. Mental image alert.

  5. Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Glad to hear they’re ok. The Rays are still a good team without them.

    /checks Rays’ lineup

    Ok, well, nevermind that last part, but I’m glad to hear they’re ok.

  6. drewsylvania - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Doesn’t “general soreness” seem a little weird as a reason to be carted off the field?

  7. sabatimus - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Quick! Maddon needs to tell Jennings not to pursue the balls in the gap! Bruce Bochy would approve.

  8. babych99 - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    So did anyone catch the ball or what????

  9. cheezhead5 - Mar 14, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    I’m just flabbergasted

  10. rexryanisablowhard - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    And apparently no tv cameras were present…where is the footage??

  11. ravenscaps48 - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    I hope Desmond is ok…. BJ?… Not so much

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