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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Class A base-brawl injures Nats minor leaguers

I noticed this unfortunate item last night:

Two Nationals prospects injured in Class-A brawl

4:50 p.m. April 28, 2007
WASHINGTON – Two Washington Nationals minor leaguers were hospitalized with injuries from a benches-clearing brawl during a game between the Potomac Nationals and the Winston-Salem Warthogs.

Catcher Brian Peacock went on the disabled list Saturday with hairline fractures to vertebrates in his lower back. Right-handed pitcher Clint Everts, the fifth overall pick in the 2002 amateur draft, got a concussion during the fight, which happened Thursday night.

Peacock is expected to be out at least a month. Everts missed his scheduled start for Potomac on Friday, but the team said he's expected to pitch Wednesday.

According to a statement issued by Potomac, the brawl broke out in the Class-A Carolina League game when Winston-Salem second baseman Victor Mercedes threw a punch at Potomac's Matt Rogelstad after Rogelstad slid hard into second trying to break up a double play. Rogelstad was ruled out on runner's interference.

The Warthogs are a Chicago White Sox affiliate.

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