Phillies prospect Daniel Brito remains hospitalized after suffering a medical emergency during the first inning of Saturday’s game against the Rochester Red Wings. According to Sal Maiorana of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Brito appeared to suffer a seizure and nearly fell to the ground before being caught by Red Wings manager Matt LeCroy.
Brito was on the ground for nearly 20 minutes before being transported to a local hospital via ambulance. He was given emergency oxygen by a paramedic on the way to the hospital.
Brito, 23, remains hospitalized and has undergone two emergency surgeries since collapsing. Both of Saturdays games were cancelled following the incident, as was Sunday’s fixture.
The Phillies issued the following statement to Matt Gelb of The Athletic::
“During the first inning of today’s IronPigs game, third baseman Daniel Brito collapsed on the field. Daniel was transported to a local hospital where he is undergoing surgery. The IronPigs game was subsequently suspended. No additional information on Daniel’s condition is available at this time.”
The Rochester Red Wings — who currently serve as the AAA affiliate of the Washington Nationals — offered their thoughts and prayers to Brito and the organization. They also sent a jersey signed by players and staff.
Initially signed as an international free agent out of Venezuela, Daniel Brito was enjoying an outstanding season. The infielder hit .296 with an OPS of .820 through 63 games with AA Reading. He was recently promoted to AAA Lehigh Valley and continued his hot hitting, slashing .286 with an OPS of .982 to go along with two homers through 28 at-bats.