Curve player hurt in loss

From Mirror reports

RICHMOND, Va. – Curve right fielder Alex Dickerson suffered a concussion in Sunday’s 3-0 loss to Richmond at the Diamond.

Dickerson was taken off the field in an ambulance after colliding with Richmond first baseman Ricky Oropesa at first base in the fourth inning.

Dickerson was taken to a local Richmond hospital but was released and returned to the team by the game’s end. The concussion will keep him out for a week, according to Curve manager Carlos Garcia.

Garcia said Dickerson doesn’t remember much of the play. Dickerson will most likely go on the disabled list today.

“He only had a concussion,” Garcia said by phone of the game. “The CT scan revealed nothing. [He is] probably going to stay out for about a week.”

Dickerson, who had one of the Curve’s two hits, slapped a grounder up the line to Oropesa, and the two collided at first.

“Those type of injuries, you have to be careful,” Garica said. “He’ll have to go through another set of tests. How he progresses will determine when he is back on the field.”

Other baseball players, such as Jason Bay, have spent longer periods of time battling with a concussion. Bay was with the Mets when he suffered a concussion in 2010 that caused him to miss the final two months of that season.

Also, the Twins’ Justin Morneau suffered a concussion in July of 2010 that ended his season.

Both players struggled in the following seasons after the injury.

“[We will] re-evaluate his situation throughout the next few days,” Garcia said of Dickerson. “Then, we go for from there.”

Dickerson, who is in first year in Double-A, was starting to turn his season around after struggling in the early part. He hit .185 in April, but he is hitting .250 in this month.

Dickerson won the Florida State League Player of the Year last season with Single-A Bradenton.

Dickerson doubled in the first inning, which was one of the two Curve hits. Andrew Lambo also doubled later in the game in the fourth inning.

However, after that double, the Richmond pitching staff retired 16 straight batters.

Fabio Castillo (2-2) got the win, and Daryl Maday picked up his ninth save and his second consecutive for the Flying Squirrels.

Curve pitcher Jameson Taillon (2-5) got the loss despite tying a season and career high with 10 strikeouts. He gave up nine hits in six innings, including a solo home run to Mark Minicozzi in the sixth.

Mark Wagner then drove in two runs on a double in the same inning.

The Curve are 7-6 against Richmond this season and 2-4 at the Diamond.

Altoona travels to Reading for a four-game series with the Fightin Phils, beginning tonight.

Game recap

Key player: Richmond 3B Mark Minicozzi was 1-for-4, but homered.

Key play: Minicozzi’s homer in the sixth inning broke up a scoreless game.

Key stat: Despite tying a career high with 10 strikeouts, Jameson Taillon gave up a season-high nine hits in six innings of work.

How they scored

Bottom 6th: Minicozzi homered (0-1); Lollis singled, Adrianza walked, both scored on Wagner double (0-3).