Yankees OF Jose Pirela concussed after crashing into wall

Sunday March 22nd, 2015

New York Yankees centerfield prospect Jose Pirela was carted off the field Sunday's spring training game after crashing into the outfield wall.

Pirela was diagnosed with a concussion and taken to a local hospital for a CT scan, according to Marly Rivera of ESPN Deportes.

Pirela left the stadium in an ambulance, according to Chad Jennings of The Journal-News

Pirela was chasing a deep fly ball off the bat of New York Mets outfielder Juan Lagares. He was able to extend his arms before colliding with the wall but appeared to hit his head on the ground when he fell. He could be seen grimacing as he laid on the warning track. He was eventually taken off the field in a golf cart. 

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Pirela, 25, appeared in seven games for the Yankees last season and had eight hits in 24 at-bats. He batted .305 with a .792 OPS in 130 Triple A games last season. 

Pirela has played primarily as a second baseman over the past two seasons but also played shortstop, first base and all three outfield positions last season. 

Manager Joe Girardi told reporters Thursday that Pirela is unlikely to make the Opening Day roster.

- Dan Gartland

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