Ankiel Injured After Crashing into Outfield Fence

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Rick Ankiel has been carted off the field with his head and neck immobilized after the St. Louis Cardinals outfielder slammed headfirst into the fence following a running catch.

Ankiel chased down Pedro Feliz's long drive in the eighth inning of Monday night's game against the Philadelphia Phillies but couldn't stop himself from crashing into the padded center-field wall.

The converted pitcher took 2½ off-balance steps after making the catch and had the presence of mind to take the ball out of his glove before attempting to brace himself with his left arm. Still, his head appeared to absorb most of the blow when he slammed into the fence.