Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Umpire Crawford released after spending night in hospital
CHICAGO -- Umpire Jerry Crawford was released after spending a night in a hospital because of a bad reaction to medicine.
Crawford, the plate umpire and crew chief, left Tuesday's game against Milwaukee before the top of the third inning and was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
He was seen talking with Cubs trainer Mark O'Neal and another umpire near the dugout. They then headed down the steps, and the teams were called off the field.
They went with a three-man crew when play resumed 13 minutes later. Paul Nauert moved from first base to the plate, Tom Hallion went from second to first, and Brian O'Nora stayed at third.
On Wednesday, Damien Beal filled in for Crawford, who was released from a hospital, according to Cubs spokesman Peter Chase.
The 60-year-old Crawford missed a game between the Indians and Devil Rays last Aug. 18. Three days earlier, Crawford worked 3½ innings of an Astros-Dodgers game before leaving. Crawford wouldn't disclose why he left, but then-Houston manager Phil Garner said it was a back problem.
Crawford also missed a game between the Pirates and Mariners last June because he was ill, as well as a pair of games last May because of "health issues."
It also wasn't the first time Crawford left a game at Wrigley Field.
He left in the fourth inning Game 1 of the 2003 NL championship series between the Cubs and Florida after falling ill.