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Goodrum hospitalized after collision
Twins infield prospect suffers concussion on play at plate
06/02/2013 8:21 PM ET
Niko Goodrum collides with Kane County catcher Willson Contreras.
Niko Goodrum collides with Kane County catcher Willson Contreras. (Paul R. Gierhart/MiLB.com)

Twins infield prospect Niko Goodrum was treated and released at a local hospital Sunday after he was injured in a collision at home plate.

Minnesota's No. 17 prospect was injured in the third inning of Class A Cedar Rapids' 3-2, 10-inning loss at Kane County.

The switch-hitting shortstop hit a two-out two-run single to left field in the top of the third. He swiped second for his fifth stolen base of the season but was thrown out trying to score on Jorge Polanco's base hit. Left fielder Pin-Chieh Chen made a strong throw to catcher Willson Contreras, who held onto the ball as Goodrum collided with him.

The Kernels tweeted that Goodrum -- the Twins' 2010 second-round Draft pick -- was tended to near the plate by staff members from both teams before being taken away on a stretcher. The team also reported that he waved to the crowd as he was carried off the field.

The 21-year-old Georgia native was hospitalized but released 90 minutes later, the team said.

"From what I understand, Niko was released from the hospital and will be monitored like any other player that suffers a concussion," Twins director of baseball communications and player relations Dustin Morse said Sunday evening.

It was not immediately known whether Goodrum will be placed on the disabled list.

Candido Pimentel replaced Goodrum, with Jorge Polanco moving from second base to shortstop in the bottom of the third.

In his fourth year as a pro, and his first in a full-season league, Goodrum has hit safely in six straight games. He's batting .270 with 16 extra-base hits and 28 RBIs in 48 games.

Last year, he batted .242 with 38 RBIs in 58 games with Rookie-level Elizabethton.

Ashley Marshall is a contributor to MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AshMarshallMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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