Athletic Trainer Hospitalized After On-Field Collapse

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An athletic trainer for the Milwaukee Brewers had his own medical issue on the field Saturday night.

Dave Yeager was behind home plate assisting umpire C.B. Bucknor, who had just taken a ball to the neck, when Yeager collapsed and spent the night in the hospital. According to, Yeager suffered two bouts of lightheadedness Saturday night, leading to his hospitalization.

“Unfortunately, actually as I was just talking to you, leaving you guys last night, Dave was lightheaded again,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Sunday morning. “And so he was evaluated by doctors and our medical staff, and eventually he spent the night in the hospital. Essentially, he was just extremely dehydrated, and he still remains in the hospital. He's doing better. He's doing fine and he's under good care. I hope that he's released today, and we'll go from there.

“That's all I have. That's all that I know. I mean, they don't believe it's serious, but anytime you're spending the night in the hospital, obviously we're concerned.”

The incident began with two outs in bottom of the ninth inning of the Twins’ 2-0 win at American Family Field in Milwaukee. Minnesota’s Alex Colomé was pitching to Christian Yelich win the ball hit the leg of catcher Ryan Jeffers and bounced up underneath Bucknor’s mask, striking him in the neck.

Bucknor backed away from the plate and went to a knee while several members of the medical staff, including Yeager, responded. When Bucknor stood back up, the camera showed Yaeger being held up and eventually collapsing.

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