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Cubs' Choi in fair condition after collision

By Compiled from Times wires
Published June 8, 2003

CHICAGO - Cubs first baseman Hee Seop Choi was in fair condition with a concussion after colliding with pitcher Kerry Wood in Saturday's game against the Yankees.

Choi lay motionless for a time after he was knocked to the ground and was taken off the field in an ambulance.

Choi was admitted to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he remained overnight for evaluation. Cubs officials said Choi was moving and talking.

With one out in the top of the fourth, Chicago put on a shift with New York's Jason Giambi at the plate. Giambi hit a high popup toward third, but third baseman Lenny Harris was near second base and had no chance at the ball.

Wood and Choi raced toward the pop, but neither had a great look at it in the sun. As they neared the third-base line, about 20 feet from home plate, they collided, with Wood's glove hitting Choi in the face.

Choi fell hard, slamming the back of his head on the dirt.

Four doctors and two trainers rushed to the field while Choi was on his back as huddled around. Fans watched in silence as, first, a stretcher was called for, then the ambulance. Wood, who was also knocked down, was able to get to his feet.

The game was delayed 17 minutes.

EXPOS: Vladimir Guerrero, who went on the disabled list with a herniated disc on Friday, will have extensive therapy on his injured back over the next two weeks. Also, first baseman Wil Cordero left the game after being hit by a pitch on his right wrist.

GIANTS: Barry Bonds stole base No. 498 for his career. He needs two more to become the first with 500 and 500 homers.

METS: Tom Glavine, 37, is likely to miss a start for the first time in his major-league career.

Bothered by a bone spur in his left elbow, the two-time Cy Young Award winner said he is "iffy at best" for his next turn in the rotation, on Wednesday at Texas.

RANGERS: Alex Rodriguez was out of the starting lineup with a bruised left knee. "I tweaked it a little bit (Friday) night," the shortstop said. "I'm not sure what play. It started swelling up last night, so I iced it and took anti-inflammatories." He appeared as a pinch-hitter and hasn't missed a game since July 23, 2000.

RED SOX: Left-hander Casey Fossum left after one inning because of soreness in his shoulder. Fossum gave up two unearned runs to the Brewers and was replaced by righty Robert Person.

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