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Philadelphia Phillies minor leaguer Daniel Brito transferred to rehab facility

Philadelphia Phillies minor leaguer Daniel Brito, who has been hospitalized since collapsing on the field during a game for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on July 31 in Rochester, N.Y., has been transferred to a rehabilitation facility in Philadelphia, the Phillies announced Thursday.

In a statement, the Phillies said: “He has shown progress in his recovery and while there is still a long road of rehab ahead, his medical staff has marveled as his determination and competitive spirit throughout this process.

“Daniel’s family asks for privacy as he continues his medical treatments.”

No other details were or have been provided.

Brito, a 23-year-old infielder, opened the season with the Double-A Reading Fightin Phils before being promoted to Triple-A on July 22.

In the first game of a scheduled doubleheader on July 31, Sal Maiorana of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported that Brito, who was playing third base, nearly fell before being caught by Red Wings manager Matt LeCroy, who was coaching third base.

IronPigs manager Gary Jones ran onto the field, and he, LeCroy and Lehigh Valley shortstop Nick Maton helped ease Brito to the ground.

Brito stayed down for about 20 minutes, Maiorana reported, and was administered oxygen by a paramedic before an ambulance arrived. He was taken to a local hospital.

The Phillies termed the situation a “medical emergency.”

Brito underwent surgery on July 31, then had a second surgery the next day, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reported.

The Phillies announced on Aug. 3 that Brito was in stable condition and that his mother, who had arrived from Venezuela, and his girlfriend were by his side.

Brito signed with the Phillies as an amateur free agent out of Venezuela in July 2014.

He was having his best offensive season this year. He hit .296 with six homers, 22 RBIs and an .820 OPS in 63 games for Reading. He was hitting .286 with two homers, eight RBIs and a .982 OPS in eight games for the IronPigs.

He was named the Phillies’ minor league co-hitter of the month for July, when he hit .298 with four doubles, three triples, six home runs, 17 RBIs, 13 walks and a .985 OPS in 25 games between Reading and Lehigh Valley.

Source: Berkshire mont

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