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Daniel Brito suffers medical emergency on field, Rochester Red Wings doubleheader suspended

Saturday night’s doubleheader between the Rochester Red Wings and Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs was suspended in the bottom of the first inning of the first game due to a medical emergency.

Iron Pigs third baseman Daniel Brito apparently suffered some type of seizure and nearly fell to the grass before Red Wings manager Matt LeCroy – who was coaching in the third base box – caught him. Iron Pigs manager Gary Jones ran onto the field and they each were able to guide Brito to the ground.

Brito stayed on the ground for approximately 20 minutes and was administered oxygen by a paramedic before an ambulance arrived and Brito was transported to a local hospital. One source heard that the left side of Brito’s body was numb, though nothing conclusive about his condition was announced.

Once the ambulance drove off, LeCroy and Jones consulted with the umpiring crew, and then Red Wings general manager Dan Mason was brought in and he contacted Major League Baseball – which now operates the minor leagues – for a decision on whether to continue playing. After nearly an hour delay, the decision was made to suspend the game.

The teams were playing a doubleheader because Thursday’s game had been rained out. Their series is scheduled to conclude Sunday afternoon with a 1 p.m. game, and it’s possible they would play a doubleheader to make up at least one of the Saturday postponements. That decision has not been made.

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