PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- New York Yankees prospect Jose Pirela sustained a concussion after crashing into the center-field wall on a play in the first inning that ended up an inside-the-park home run for the New York Mets' Juan Lagares.
Lagares' drive off CC Sabathia -- the left-hander's third pitch of the game Sunday -- was just out of Pirela's reach on the warning track. The center fielder's momentum carried him into the wall, where he appeared to crash face-first. Pirela then fell and hit the back of his head on the track. He tried sitting up but went onto his back.
Pirela, who complained of dizziness, was taken by ambulance from the complex to Tradition Medical Center, where a brain CT scan and a cervical MRI both came back negative and he was released from the hospital. But he does have a concussion, the Yankees tweeted. He will be out an indefinite period.
With manager Joe Girardi looking on earlier Sunday, a Yankees trainer examined Pirela, a versatile 25-year-old who has played several positions this spring. Pirela was able to walk and was helped into a golf cart.
"Obviously you're concerned when a player doesn't get up. He's having some tests run right now. I'm not sure how long it's going to take for him to get back, but he did not look good," Girardi said.
Girardi said he was able to talk to Yankees officials after hitting the wall but was "dizzy."
"He hit it pretty hard, so let's just see what the tests say," Girardi said.
Girardi was asked if Pirela, who was hitting .370 and had an outside shot to make the team, might be finished for the spring after Sunday's incident.
"You just don't know. Some guys respond quicker than others. You wouldn't think a second baseman has had a significant number [of concussions] like a catcher, so sometimes the response is quicker. We have to wait and see. I hope not," he said.
Before the game, Girardi said Pirela brought considerable value to the club.
"He provides excitement with his speed, and we're moving him all around. We think he could possibly help us in a lot of different spots," Girardi said. "That makes a player very valuable when he can play four or five different spots on a field. That flexibility is a great thing to have."
ESPNNewYork.com's Wallace Matthews and The Associated Press contributed to this report.