LaPorta Gets a Scare

Former Gator Matt LaPorta gave himself and the Milwaukee Brewers organization a scare the other night when he slammed into the outfield wall chasing a line drive. LaPorta stayed on the ground writhing in pain for more than five minutes before finally getting up.

Those of us who saw LaPorta during his Gator career weren't the least bit surprised that the slugger was back in the lineup the next night and went 2-for-5 with a double.

LaPorta left the field under his own power but left the game with what was described as a "bruised back" and was listed as day-to-day.

LaPorta is having a superb season for the Brewers' Double-A affiliate in Huntsville, Alabama. In 72 games LaPorta is hitting .295 with 19 homers and 58 RBI. With Prince Fielder entrenched at first base on the major league team, Milwaukee is playing LaPorta out of position in left field. While it's possible LaPorta will make it to the big leagues as an outfielder, it seems more likely that the Brewers will trade him for pitching help or move Fielder and clear first base for LaPorta. Either way it seems we'll be seeing the former Gator great in the Majors before the end of the 2009 season.

You can keep up with LaPorta by going minorleaguebaseball.com and under "select team" scroll down to Huntsville Stars and connect to their site. LaPorta is writing a journal for that site.


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