Walker taken to hospital after collision


Second baseman Neil Walker collided with right fielder Ryan Church going for a ball in foul territory in the seventh inning tonight and Walker left the game with a head injury.

He was taken to Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland for a CT scan, and manager John Russell said after the Pirates’ 14-4 loss to the A’s that they’d know more later on tonight.

“He got banged in the head pretty good,” Russell said. “We went out there and he was talking and seemed OK.”

With the A’s leading by one run, both players were running for a ball popped up by Kevin Kouzmanoff. Walker came in low and his head met with Church’s hip as the right fielder went over him. Walker came to a rest, unmoving, but had his eyes open and was talking to team personnel by the time television cameras zoomed in.

Russell said he didn’t think Walker was knocked unconscious but it was close.

Four minutes after the collision Walker sat up and was helped off the field.

“The initial shock got him,” Russell said. “But when he got up he had a little headache. He wasn’t nauseous or anything so we’re hoping for the best.”

Before the injury Walker was 3-for-4 with a double and a solo home run, and was charged with an error in the first inning.

Church had his right knee wrapped in ice after the game but said he was OK.