Johnson Released from Hospital

HOOVER, Ala.- The Gators' quest for their first SEC Tournament championship since 1991 took a hit in the first inning of Saturday's game. Florida left-hander Brian Johnson was hit in the back of a head with a throw from catcher Mike Zunino, leaving him motionless on the ground. Johnson was taken to a local hospital and released after the CT scan came back normal.

With Brett DeLoach on first, Johnson threw a pitch in the dirt that Zunino blocked while the runner took off for second. Johnson knelt on the mound and looked at second base, where he was expecting to see the throw end up.  

Instead, Zunino stepped on the front foot of Georgia hitter Jonathan Hester, throwing off his balance and uncorking a throw that hit Johnson in the head. He fell to the ground and lay motionless while the trainers from both dugouts made their way to the mound.  

Trainers and coaches circled around Johnson, who soon regained consciousness. He was put on a stretcher, carted off the field and put in an ambulance behind the left field wall.  

Johnson was taken to a nearby hospital and released after tests. The CT scan came back normal, and he was released with a mild concussion. Johnson was taken back to the Florida team hotel instead of the ballpark in order to keep him out of the sun.


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