Miami Marlins Outfielder Austin Kearns Hospitalized
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Sunday, April 14th, 2013
By Sam Evans (Marlins Correspondent): Follow @RJA206
A few hours before the Marlins took on the Phillies Sunday afternoon, the news broke that Austin Kearns was being taken to the hospital for an irregular heartbeat. Kearns, 32, has been said to be doing just fine. Nonetheless, anytime an athlete still in their prime has heart problems it is a scary reminder of what can happen.
The injury-plagued Marlins now have two of their Outfielders, Kearns and Giancarlo Stanton, unable to play for the time being. For a team that is already struggling to be even close to mediocre, this is another defeating blow. Kearns will be hospitalized overnight as doctors attempt to figure out just what happened.
The Austin Kearns Story:
Justin Ruggiano was scratched from the startling lineup on Saturday with a tight groin injury. Austin Kearns started in his place went 0 for 4.
The next day, Ruggiano was to get another day off to rest his groin. However, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reported that Kearns, who was scheduled to start for Ruggiano in right, arrived at the ballpark not feeling well and the team trainers sent him immediately to the hospital. He will forego further tests before leaving.
Kearns will likely be able to recover from this fairly easily, but it will be very foretelling to see what triggered his elevated heart rate.
Just last December in the National Football League, Houston Texans RB Adrian Foster had to leave a game due to an irregular heart beat. However, after doctors checked him out, Foster was able to calm down and he was cleared to return to the game.
Not every heart is the same, but hopefully Kearns has situation more similar to Foster than someone like marathon runner Ryan Shay, who died in 2008 due to his enlarged heart causing an irregular heart beat.
What Kearns is dealing with is scary and potentially deadly, but the chances are he will be back playing baseball in the next week or so.
Stanton is probably the only serious threat to an opposing pitcher in the entire Miami lineup, so obviously having him out is rough for the Marlins.
An MRI on Saturday showed that Stanton’s shoulder was fine and the Marlins made it clear he’d be back in the next couple of days. However, until Stanton is fully healthy, the Marlins don’t have one outfielder on their bench. Hopefully, the Marlins can get Kearns and Stanton back to their usual states and in the starting lineup in the next week.
Austin Kearns irregular heart rate injury is scary, but ultimately, he should be able to return to contributing to the Marlins lineup in 2013.
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