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Ankiel hurt after collision with outfield wall

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St. Louis Cardinals Chris Duncan stands over teammate Rick Ankiel, who crashed into the center field wall. Ankiel was taken to a hospital. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

By AP/KWMU

St. Louis – Cardinals outfielder Rick Ankiel was carted off the field on a back board Monday night after he slammed headfirst into the fence following a running catch.

Ankiel chased down a long drive from the Phillies' Pedro Feliz in the eighth inning but couldn't stop himself from hitting the padded center-field wall. He was taken off the field with his head and neck immobilized, but was never unconscious.

The Cardinals said Ankiel underwent X-rays and a CT scan of his head, neck and back, and doctors found no fractures.

A team official says the outfielder checked out as QUOTE "neurologically intact."

The Cardinals lost the game to the Phillies 6-1.

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