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Nationals prospect Daylen Lile stretched after hitting his head in the bullpen trying to catch a homer

A terrifying scene unfolded during the spring game between the Washington Nationals and the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, when Nationals prospect Daylen Lile lay on the ground after hitting his head in the bullpen.

The 21-year-old Lile had just moved to right field when he tried to rob Red Sox infielder Tyler Miller of a home run in the seventh inning. He hit the wall at JetBlue Park and flew over it while trying to make the catch.

First responders immediately expressed concern when Lile hit the ground and called for help, while Nationals manager Davey Martinez and director of athletic training Paul Lessard ran to him.

Lile could be seen moving immediately after impact, but he lay still on the ground for several minutes until he was carried away. Placed in a neck brace, he raised his arm to give a thumbs up as he went outside multiple reports.

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Addressing reporters after the match, Martinez said Lile landed flat on his lower back and was taken to a nearby medical center for a CAT scan. He added that Lile had movement of his arms and legs when they left him, but the team won’t know more about his status until tomorrow.

Referees asked Martinez if the Nationals wanted to end the game. He said they chose to continue so the rest of the team could take their minds off the troubling circumstances.

It’s an unfortunate development for Lile, who entered spring training ready for his first chance to play above Single-A after multiple setbacks. He was selected in the second round of the 2021 draft but missed the entire 2022 campaign due to Tommy John surgery.

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After strong performances with the Fredericksburg Nationals and the Wilmington Blue Rocks in 2023, he is listed as the Nationals’ No. 5 prospect by The Athletic and as the No. 6 prospect by MLB Pipeline.

This story will be updated.

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