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Angels right fielder Torii Hunter knocked out of game after crashing into wall [Updated]

June 22, 2011 |  6:36 pm

Hunter Angels right fielder Torii Hunter was pulled from Wednesday night's game against the Florida Marlins in the bottom of the fifth inning after he crashed into the Sun Life Stadium wall to make a superb leaping catch of Gaby Sanchez's drive.

Hunter's left shoulder bore the brunt of the collision, after which Hunter fell back on the warning track, writhing in pain and turning over twice. The entire Angels team except pitcher Joel Pineiro gathered around Hunter, who remained down for about four minutes before getting up and walking off the field under his own power.

Hunter smiled as he headed to the dugout, and the injury did not appear to be serious, but he was expected to undergo precautionary X-rays. Vernon Wells moved from center field to right field, and Peter Bourjos came into the game to play center. The Angels led, 4-3, at the time, and Hunter had a run-scoring double during the team's four-run third inning.

[Updated: After being examined by Florida's team physician, Hunter was diagnosed with a left posterior rib contusion. X-rays were negative, and Hunter was listed as day to day.]


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Photo: Angels right fielder Torii Hunter. Credit: Kim Klement / US Presswire